Memoirs Of A Suburban Girl Launch

The launch of Memoirs of a Suburban Girl will be held on Friday 25 November at Mary Martin Bookshop, 134A The Parade, Norwood. The novel by South Australian Deb Kandelaars is a story of alarming violence, 80’s pop culture and, above all, a young woman’s strength and humour in the face of terrifying domestic violence.

Like Alice Through the Looking Glass, the protagonist steps into a world filled with strange, frightening and unnerving characters. She does her best to get through each difficult day, until she eventually finds a way out.

Based on truth, the novel draws on the author’s own experience of being in a relationship with a much older violent man.

The launch on Friday 25 November coincides with White Ribbon Day, to help raise awareness of domestic violence. Deb’s husband, Ron Kandelaars, is an ambassador for The White Ribbon Foundation.

The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global male-led movement to stop men's violence against women.

Deb Kandelaars was born in the Riverland, South Australia, and grew up in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs. She graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Masters degree in Creative Writing. 

Memoirs of a Suburban Girl is her first novel. It won Deb a Varuna Writers’ House fellowship in 2009, and was shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2010.

Deb’s previous published work has included the popular Postcards series (Wakefield Press 2001), and Moments in Time: True Life Stories of Australian Men and Women (ABC Books 2004). Published by Wakefield Press.

The launch in on Friday 25 November at Mary Martin Bookshop, 134A The Parade, Norwood.

For more information on The White Ribbon Campaign, visit

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