New Memoir unveils remarkable triumph of author against life’s adversities

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‘Shadows over the Sun’ represents a woman’s voice that encourages readers

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AUSTRALIA – One woman’s voice whose life journey has never been easy, an encouragement to others that have experienced life’s adversities; author Giselle J. Robin’s “Shadows over the Sun” speaks to readers who are currently battling their own demons.

An honest account of Robin’s life journey, this memoir primarily demonstrates how she overcame life struggles; showing a woman’s immense resilience to bounce back and reinvent herself. Narrating a detailed experience from her life in Germany during the Second World War up to the time she started and successfully managed a winery in Australia, this memoir shows readers a remarkable triumph of a woman against life and the stones it throws at people.

As philosopher and lecturer Dr. Basil Moore puts it, this honest autobiography can be described as a treasure trove of life insights that readers can surely find inspiration and motivation in.

“This compulsively readable autobiography traces the journey of a remarkably courageous woman from a childhood under Nazi Germany, through her marriage and then emigration to Australia to make a new start by developing an organic winery in McLaren Flat in South Australia. After traumatic experiences she has had to battle with bipolar mental disorder. Giselle tells her story in flawless prose and with compelling honesty. This is the story of a strong woman adding to the growing literature on women’s lives. The story takes you in from the first page and never lets you go.”

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In the past twenty years, new forms of autobiography have brought forward many strong voices, especially women’s voices. “Shadows over the Sun” is such a voice, of one woman’s life. Many rich threads are woven together: being a child in Germany in the Second World War; a successful manager of large government projects; a young wife immigrating to Australia for new start, and the hard work of starting the first organic winery in the 1960s in McLaren Flat, South Australia. Through the episodes narrated, emotions such as sadness of lost dreams, the heartbreak of losing new love and a new beginning, and the devastation of dealing with the severe difficulties of the onset of a mental illness in the bipolar range are reflected. Author Giselle J. Robin is proud to say that she has always been an agent of her own life: her courage and determination to keep making the most of every new day, even when shadows are cast across the sunlight, is an inspirational story. More than one woman’s story, this memoir also adds to the rich collection of personal stories which contribute to the history of South Australia.
Shadows over the Sun * by Giselle J. Robin
Publication Date: April 21, 2014
Trade Paperback; $28.03; 166 pages; 9781493136469
Trade Hardback; $46.72; 166 pages; 9781493136452
e-book; $3.99; 9781493136476

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