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I am an Australian author of books for both adults and children. I write stories that encourage a sense of connection and community with one another, through shared history and achievement.

Like my next book, due out very soon!

The Day We Built The Bridge is an illustrated children’s picture book published by MidnightSun Publishing in February, 2019.

Teachers - look out for it in your Scholastic BookClub
Teacher's Essentials in Term One next year!

Download the teachers’ notes

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Book Launch Dates!
Come and join us, to celebrate the launch of
The Day We Built the Bridge!

Adelaide: 2pm, Saturday 2nd February 2019
Burnside Library, Tusmore.

Sydney: 4pm, Saturday 9th February 2019
The Children’s Bookshop, Beecroft.
To be launched by Roslyn Joslin OAM,
granddaughter of
JJC Bradfield.

Canberra: 11am, Saturday 16th February 2019
Harry Hartog Bookstore, Woden.
The book will be launched by
Tania McCartney

Perth: 3pm, Sunday 24th February 2019
Paper Bird Children’s Books and Arts.
42 Henry St, Fremantle.
The book will be launched by
Norman Jorgensen

Melbourne: 11am, Sunday 7 April 2019
Mary Martin Bookshop.
2/188 Bay St, Port Melbourne.
The book will be launched by
Kirsty Murray.

Samantha's award-winning adult novel,
The Happiness Jar, has now sold over 4,500 copies.
You can
buy your signed copy with free postage direct from me here, or visit any Australian bookstore. 

This year’s winner (The Happiness Jar) is a compelling story about awakening and renewal. Written in a beautiful and direct style, its journey of transformation takes us from the Australian city, to remote country, to the crowded streets of India. Its characters are wonderfully and vividly drawn: raw and never sentimental. Through their experiences, Samantha Tidy prompts us to reexamine our understandings of grief, legacy, honesty and family. The Happiness Jar is a powerfully constructed and at times surprising work: a thread that runs back and forth in time between different cultures, places and points-of-view. Above all, it is a satisfying, original and engaging novel with a unique perspective, and a worthy winner in 2014.
— Judges Comments, ACT Writing and Publishing Award for Fiction 2014
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