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Kathleen’s New Book, Nineteen Days.

“As the Australis Star cruises for nineteen days from Sydney to Honolulu the lives of five of her passengers are changed forever…”

This is a story about strange and unexpected friendships, about the facades that people wear, and about what happens when they break. Most of all it is a story about how love manages to seep through the cracks.


Published by Atlas Productions in August 2020.

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Kathleen Engebretson

About the Author

I came late to fiction writing. I remember clearly, at sixteen, telling a friend  that I wanted to be a writer. It seemed very simple then. I would create wonderful works of literature like the ones that inspired me then, and have continued to bring me meaning and happiness in the years since. Then, of course, real life intervened. I became a teacher, then a wife and mother, and now, after a long career in education and academia, I am finally free to write my stories. In my first novel, Red Dirt Odyssey I drew on my love for the Australian outback, something I thank my parents for, with their determination to share with us their own love of the land. In this new novel I explore some of the big issues of friendship, loneliness, fear and loss, and especially the hope that is there to be found if we only look for it.

Helen Goltz, of Atlas Productions, guided this new book to completion.   

Books By Kathleen Engebretson

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Nineteen Days

Genevieve hates cruises. All that lounging around quaffing cocktails and too much food. But Peter, her husband, bought this one for her after the worst year of her life, and she couldn’t tell him she didn’t want to go. They are both still traumatised after an unimaginable family tragedy, and each of them has gone into hiding behind small talk and silence.

A story about strange and unexpected friendships, about the facades that people wear, and about what happens when they break. Most of all it is a story about how love manages to seep through the cracks… 

Published by Atlas Productions in August 2020

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Red Dirt Odyssey Book Cover

Red Dirt Odyssey

The campervan sits in the driveway, waiting for Alice-a jaded academic- and her husband Will to retire and hit the road…any day now.

But when Will suddenly dies, Alice is lost. Unhappy at work, and with her future plans thwarted, she rises daily, putting one foot in front of the other, existing not living….

Published by Atlas Productions in 2016

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