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Ray Bird's Why, Old Lady, Why? to be released in October 2012

As announced in February 2012, BDA Books  has signed with author Ray Bird to publish his novel Why, Old Lady, Why?

Why, Old Lady, Why? explores the reactions of an angry young man, an aboriginal woman, a Cambodian refugee and a migrant girl to the rejection they experience in an Australian town. The recurring presence of the theme of rejection is a unifying force that holds the story together.

Ray's novel is currently in the print-production phases and it is anticipated that it will be released in October 2012 in hardcover format in Australia and New Zealand and in multiple e-book formats worldwide. A paperback format will be released in Australia and New Zealand in 2013.

Further details as to availability will be released soon.


Lightning flashes and thunder rumbles across the district as an impending storm chops up the surface of the lake known as the Old Lady. As he rows home from his friend John Arnold’s house on this wild night, Brownie ponders the parallel turbulence that has followed him throughout his life.

He hadn’t been welcomed when he arrived in the coastal fishing community. He hadn’t been welcomed by Anna’s family when they fell in love. Just as he’d walked away from his family, Anna too had abandoned her home and her strict Greek upbringing... for love.

With the help of Thelma Lamb, a local eccentric known as The Good Shepherd, Anna and Brownie overcome their cultural differences as they are gradually accepted into the community.

But things are not always what they seem, and events come to a startling head when the local playboy is found murdered. The evidence points to Brownie. Has he really returned to the violent ways of his youth – or is someone setting him up?