Being Jade

Being Jade

A tragic death. A family divided. Only truth can set them free.

Banjo Murphy is killed on the night he finally walks away from his wife, Jade, after twenty-five years of her adultery. In the aftermath, Banjo is bewildered to discover he still exists, and in despair he watches Jade collapse into deep depression and his daughters, Lissy and Cassandra, struggle with their unexpected loss.

Lissy is tortured by the mystery surrounding her father’s death. What compelled Banjo to leave the night he died? And why won’t Jade talk about what happened? Despite their volatile relationship, Lissy believes her parents’ love to have been enduring, but sensible.

Cassandra sees things differently. When Cassy discovers a sketchbook chronicling Jade’s affairs, the truth of their parents’ relationship begins to unfold and Lissy’s loyalties are divided.

Searching for answers, Lissy contacts Jade’s ex-lovers. And watching from afar, Banjo aches as he discovers what these men meant to Jade – until Lissy’s quest reveals an explosive truth …

One that will finally set their family free.
  • Simon & Schuster Australia | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781925030044 | 
  • June 2014
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AU$ 29.99
NZ$ 32.99

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Kate Belle

Kate Belle lives, writes and loves in Melbourne, but is a country girl at heart, being born and bred in northern Victoria. She has had some publishing success with nonfiction articles and four short stories highly commended in Australian competitions. She recently won the Southern Cross short story competition for Cool Change. Kate juggles her pens with the rest of her life. She is a woman of many passions, including Aboriginal affairs, social justice issues, astrology and all things creative. Kate is a science graduate who works as a policy advisor with the Victorian State government. She shares her life with a high-maintenance husband, a too-bright six year old daughter and a menagerie of neurotic animals. Writing was her first love and The Yearning is her first novel.