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Author: Mariko

What Remains of Us

In the year since her young son died, Sarah Lockhart’s marriage has steadily fallen apart. Tormented by grief and guilt, neither she nor husband Peter have made peace with the past, and they want different things going forward. Peter yearns for a fresh start, far from the town that claimed…

The Colour of Shadows

Loren Bishop’s idealism makes her the perfect candidate for a career at Salvida, the multinational that’s “Growing a Better World”. The catch? She must represent Salvida at a trade conference—in Indonesia. Though fascinated by Java, the language and customs are as unfamiliar as the food and toilets, and Loren struggles…

The Dead Wind

Princess Srikandi wants to become a warrior, but lives in a society that expects women to be docile. Her small kingdom is at the mercy of a hostile Empire, and the ongoing drought results in chronic shortages of food and water, fuelling a spate of savage raids. Fearing for her…

The Novel Wayang

My novel, The Dead Wind, is inspired by an art form I love and admire: the Javanese wayang kulit (shadow play). The Wayang Many years ago, I lived in a small town in central Java called Surakarta. During my year in Indonesia, some of my favourite pastimes included sampling the…