An Impact Press book

  • Published: 1 May 2019

  • ISBN: 978-1-925384-84-0

  • ISBN ePUB: 978-1-925384-83-3

  • Format: Paperback

  • Extent: TBC

  • AU: $29.99

  • eBook: $9.99

  • Categories: Contemporary Fiction


About the Author

Penelope worked two decades as an editor and is now a freelance writer. Her other publications include a novel and twenty short stories, as well as books commissioned: Creative Lives: Personal Papers of Australian Artists and Writers (NLA, 2009) and Inspiring Australians: The First Fifty Years of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (ASP, 2015). She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra and a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the Australian National University. She loves books, cinema, travel and dancing the Argentine tango.

After She Left

Three women. Three generations. One city.

By Penelope Hanley

A compelling and mysterious story of hidden identities, forbidden love and the power of feminism, set in bohemian art scene of twentieth-century Sydney.

When young Irish artist Deirdre O’Mara emigrates from the remote Blasket Islands to Sydney’s The Rocks in the 1920s, she makes an indelible mark on conservative society with her surrealist art and bohemian ways. Just after the Second World War, Deirdre leaves for Europe to be with her lover – leaving behind her estranged daughter and a family secret.  

Years later, Deirdre’s granddaughter Keira is determined to discover the secret and her mother, Maureen, clinging to her own fears of the past and a desire to change her future, fights to stop her.

When the three women’s lives intersect amidst the emerging women’s liberation movement and political tension in 1970s Sydney, what price will be paid for the deceptions of the past?


Praise for After She Left

‘Immensely enjoyable’
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‘After She Left is full of surprises and complexities which Penelope Hanley achieves with astonishing deftness and lightness of touch.’
JOHN CLANCHY, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR