Welcome to the website of Australian author, Rachel Hennessy. Rachel’s second novel THE HEAVEN I SWALLOWED was named Runner Up in the 2008 Australian/Vogel Award and was published by Wakefield Press in June 2013. It tells the story of Grace, a World War II widow who decides to “save” a young Aboriginal girl, Mary, by adopting her into her home, believing she will be able to redeem the child by giving her all the benefits of white society.
Her first novel THE QUAKERS was also published by Wakefield Press. The book won the Adelaide Festival Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript and was described by John Birmingham (author of HE DIED WITH A FELAFEL IN HIS HAND) as “unputdownable”. THE QUAKERS is a love story with a twist, where friendship turns to obsession and addictions lead to murder.
Rachel is currently working on her third novel, KEEP ME CLOSE, the fictionalised re-telling of the writing of her first novel in the hothouse of a Creative Writing workshop.