Thursday, 23 February 2012


Magdalena Ball’s third BeWrite Books work chalks up a hat trick for yet another of our outstandingly talented and productive BB authors.

On the heels of her critically acclaimed Sleep Before Evening and ground-breaking Repulsion Thrust science-based poetry collection, we release internationally today – in paperback and all ebook editions – Black Cow.


Freya and James Archer live the high life in a luxury home in Sydney’s poshest suburb, with money, matching Jags, two beautiful teenage kids … and they couldn’t be more despondent.

James wakes weeping each morning, dreading the pressures of a long and grueling work day ahead, and Freya is struggling with her foundering real estate career.

Global recession is biting in Australia, and the Archers are afraid.

In a desperate bid for happiness and security they shed the fragile trappings of success and cruise over into the slow lane to take an unmapped turn-off on a country road and live off the land in a remote old farmhouse on the peaceful southern island of Tasmania.

But is this an end to their old misery or the beginning of an even greater one?

The rich poetic and literary quality of Ball’s second novel delves into the lives of very real characters as they dig deeply into both the earth and into themselves to discover where their heartaches are really buried. NM


Fast-paced, gorgeously-written and stunningly perceptive, Black Cow is not only a great read; it is a timely and important one. Joan Schweighardt. Gudrun’s Tapestry and other novels

A novel of our time. We follow the characters through all the compromises, adjustments and hard choices that must be made in hopes of a life of wholeness and integrity. This is a life affirming story. Judy Johnson. The Secret Fate of Mary Watson

A masterpiece. Ball’s seamless exploration of the faulty human-condition and the urgent notion that money means success is brilliantly interwoven with the gentle quietness of unconditional love, invoking the realization that life is precious, and small enough to cradle in the palm of a baby’s hand. Jessica Bell. String Bridge and Twisted Velvet Chains


Author Magdalena Ball
Like her literary work, Magdalena Ball travels well. Born in the USA, she attended an Oxford University in England and later settled with her husband and children in Australia.

Apart from her full-length books, her short stories and poetry have been widely published and praised. Also she heads the expertly astute reading team at the world-popular COMPULSIVE READER literary review website.

Black Cow is available in paperback from all major online stores or on order from your local brick-and-mortar bookshop now (Feb 24). All ebook editions are available direct from the publisher's bookstore (strictly at Recommended Retail Price only) and any leading (and many second-storey) online ebook retailers and from iTunes to be read on all electronic reading platforms from PCs and laptops, through the full range of dedicated ebook-reading devices, tablets and smart phones.

Free downloadable, read-on screen and print-friendly brochures for Black Cow, Repulsion Thrust and Sleep Before Evening are available at the BeWrite Books bookstore HERE. These free mini-books – exclusive to BB – include book notes, author biography and picture, reviews and a generous extract from Magalena's and all other BeWrite Books titles. And because of their ingenious presentation, they're great fun to boot.

For those with an eye to publishing detail – Author: Magdalena Ball. Original cover art: Aaron Jasinski. Editor: Hugh McCracken: Design and technical preparation: Tony Szmuk. Print Distribution: Ingram. Print: Lightning Source. Digital distribution: BeWrite Books. Additional input: The BeWrite Books team.

Happy reading and a wonderful weekend to you all. Neil, Tony, Hugh, Sam et al at BeWrite Books.

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