Out of Time by Lesley Dimmock is her first novel.
Imagine Queen Elizabeth the First, spirited from the 16th Century to your back garden in present day Brisbane. This is what happens to Lindsay ap Rhys ap Gruffud, (who is originally from Wales, hence the aps, meaning ‘son of’).
After a bizarre conversation with the ‘Queen’, and a Google search, she and her best friend, Meg Dawson, are convinced that Elizabeth is genuine. Indeed it appears that the Rollright Stones, a stone circle in England, have sent her, not only through time, but also across the planet to Australia.
Experiencing some uproarious incidents while introducing the Queen to modern day life, they find her intelligent and good company. They realise, however, that she must return home before Lord Norfolk usurps the throne and time is running out!
To find the equivalent of the Rollright Stones in Australia, they enlist the help of librarian Kate Spencer.
Will they be able to find the ‘magical’ location that will return Elizabeth home and allow her to retain her position as Queen?
And will Lindsay overcome her fear of falling in love again?
This is a beautifully written and imaginative tale of a time-travelling courageous English Queen and three modern, equally feisty, Australian women. Witty and compelling, it is also a story of love and loss and the leaps of faith made to secure a desirable future.
A page-turner that you’ll wish was twice as long.
About Lesley Dimmock
Lesley Dimmock has been writing on and off for nearly thirty years, but has only become serious about it in the last five. She began her writing career writing poetry and short stories, one of which won a competition way back in 1986.
After reading a lot about the art of writing Lesley’s desire to write was stymied by the maxim “Write what you know”. Eventually, deciding to ignore it, she wrote the book she wanted to write, which was about Queen Elizabeth the First of England time travelling to modern-day Brisbane. And so, Out of Time, became her first novel. She has ideas for at least two more, as well as a book of travel photographs and anecdotes.
Lesley lives with her partner in the inner-city Brisbane suburb of Woolloongabba, where they share their old Queenslander with assorted geckos, possums, lorikeets and kookaburras.