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Meet Lyn Bodycoat
Author of 'A Rough Road'


After teaching creative writing to high school students in different parts of Western Australia, I always wanted to do some story writing myself. When I retired from teaching, I had the opportunity  I had been waiting for and the necessary time it takes. I thought my grandparents, who were immigrants, had a good story to tell. It was fun doing the research too and I found myself totally immersed in the characters who had actually been real people. I was lucky enough to link in with The Society of Women's Writers WA which provided support and professional development necessary for good writing. The patron of the group and publisher, Helen Iles, has been a tremendous support and a fabulous help.  I learnt a lot! Now I am applying new skills to improve my writing in my second book called Moments at Marathon. With the help of Helen, I look forward to publishing soon.


This is a ghost memoir (where I assume the persona of my grandmother)  about migrants who struggled throughout the Depression and War years. Florence Brown and her husband Bill were victims of the Irish Troubles and had to flee to a new country. Amidst racial tensions, poverty and migrant issues, this book describes the rough road of this family through early times in Western Australia's history.


A Rough Road is available on Amazon in print form and as an e-book.


Review 1:

Lyn Bodycoat's book depicting the hardships and heartbreak endured by her maternal grandparents who recently emigrated from Ireland to start a new life in Western Australia in the 1920's  kept me engrossed and page scrolling until suddenly the last words - "A Rough Road". I wanted more! There must be a sequel!

5th May 2021