The Colour of Shame
Set amid the tropical beauty of the Tweed Valley this true story unfolds before World War I. Stella, a confidant young woman from a respected South Coast family, travels alone by steamer and train to Murwillumbah in Northern New South Wales. She is visiting her German grandfather Carl Ahrens and his young wife and family. Carl a blacksmith by trade is trying his hand growing sugar cane on the slopes of Terranora. Sugar, the growing industry, is supported by a workforce of Pacific Islander whose families had been brought to Queensland as indentured labourers.
Stella is swept off her feet by Claude, a young man from a prominent family and the story begins.
Family tragedy, heartbreak, love and courage are the elements of this poignant tale.
About the Author
After a career as a colourist for a firm of commercial photographers in Sydney; an entrepreneurial life in Sydney with her own catering and events design company (Perry Snodgrass Catering); becoming co-founder of the Sydney chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES); then in her holiday rental and real estate firm dealing exclusively with French properties (Perry Snodgrass French Fields).
Perry moved to Daylesford in Victoria and practiced full time as an artist for ten years. She exhibited in the Convent Gallery, Pantechnicon, Impressions Gallery and Hill End Gallery all in Daylesford, Tin Shed Arts Gallery in Malmsbury, Woollahra Times Gallery in Sydney and the ARTspace@209 gallery in North Adelaide. Her colourful work has also appeared on wine labels and greeting cards.
She moved to Adelaide in 2007 and completed an Associate Visual Arts Degree at the Adelaide Central School of Art followed by a Graduate Diploma in Art History and a Degree of Master of Arts (Studies in Art History) at the University of Adelaide.
Having lived her passions of food, France, art and scholarship, Perry has taken up a pen and as an author, Colour of Shame is her second book the first being Against The Tide.