THE GRASS WAS ALWAYS BROWNER by Sacha Jones #ReleaseBlast #Giveaway @TastyBook Tours @FinchPublishing

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Sacha Jones
Releasing May 1st, 2016
Finch Publishing


Grass Was Alway Browner
by Sacha Jones is the story of a
strong-willed, smart yet often less than sensible, curious and questioning girl
growing up as the middle-child of three children. Her parents are old, and
old-fashioned, deeply impractical, idealistic and naive, not best suited to negotiating
the rough and rugged terrain of suburban Sydney in the 1970s-80s.
is not only the middle child, but she is stuck in the middle of the muddle and
mess of her family’s situation. She sees and suffers more than her siblings do
– or so she feels. However, one advantage of her position is that she is sent
to study ballet to treat her asthma, and through ballet she finds a way out of
her predicament.
determination to escape her humdrum existence and ‘become Russian’ saw her push
through and succeed against the odds (wrong-shaped head, wrong feet, overall
wrong build) and a father who is strongly against her becoming a ballet dancer.
He describes ballet as ‘a frivolous and selfish pursuit, too focused on
appearances.’ His own dreams are focused on a desire to save the Third World.
However, in their very different ways, Sacha and her father are more alike than
either would care to admit.
becoming a dancing star, Sacha surprises no-one more than her legendary dance
teacher – an actual Russian – Mrs P, Tanya Pearson. However, her father was
right about ballet.
it gives Sacha the escape she desires, there is a heavy price to pay. And when
she sets off for London to further her dance career, it is in part because the
Australian dance scene betrayed her trust.

playwright, poet and novelist Stephanie Johnson says of The Grass Was Always
Browner, “Nineteen seventies suburban Sydney comes winningly alive in Sacha’s
light-hearted girlhood memoir of boundless optimism, pink milk, tutus, triumph
at the Eisteddfod and a horse in the back garden.”
Grass Was Always Browner
is a laugh-out-loud
memoir and a cautionary reminder that the grass is not always greener on the
other side of the fence.
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Sacha Jones
has a PhD in Political Theory from the University of Auckland and has variously
taught politics, preschool and dancing. She lives with her family on the
outskirts of a proper forest (in Auckland, New Zealand) and returns as often as
it will have her to the land of fake forests and improbable fruits where she
grew up (Frenchs Forest, Sydney).

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16 thoughts on “THE GRASS WAS ALWAYS BROWNER by Sacha Jones #ReleaseBlast #Giveaway @TastyBook Tours @FinchPublishing

  1. Sue Mullaney says:

    This sounds like a really interesting book that I think I’d enjoy reading! Thanks for posting about it!

  2. Diane Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations on the release of your book, I’m looking forward to reading it!

  3. Jerry Marquardt says:

    To Sacha: Thank you for all of your great writings. Keep up the good work in the future.

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