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ISBN: 9781921696572
Dimensions: 22x17.5cm
Pages: 120
Publication year: 2010
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Lighthouse Girl

Created by Dianne WolferBrian Simmonds


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Fay lives alone with her father on bleak, windswept Breaksea Island, but her isolated life takes a dramatic turn with the outbreak of World War I.

Based on the true story of Fay Howe, this gentle tale brings to life the hardships of those left at home during the war – waiting, wondering, hoping. Drawing on fascinating archival material, and interweaving fact with fiction, award-winning author Dianne Wolfer deftly recreates this period in Australian history from the perspective of a young girl.


‘Full of evocative illustrations sepia photographs and news clippings Wolfer’s book transports. A great one for early and older readers alike.’ The Sunday Age

‘This lovely book is based on the real Fay Howe and her life as a lighthouse keeper’s daughter … Fay’s reflections on her life and her relationship with the far-away soldier bring the moment keenly into our time. Highly recommended for middle years.’ Reading Time

‘Dianne Wolfer Albany-based author of Lighthouse Girl looked carefully into Fay’s history.’ Australian Geographic

‘This is an outstanding book with a lot to offer and learn.’ Buzz

‘a unique Anzac story.’ North West Telegraph

‘A moving Anzac story to share with the family.’ The Weekend West

The Lighthouse Girl and The Light Horse Boy by Albany author Dianne Wolfer embodying a powerful and truthful sense of a pivotal time in Australia’s development as a nation.’ Mandurah Coastal Times


West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (Winner 2010)
Western Australian Premier’s Book Award (Shortlisted 2009)
Children’s Book Council of Australia Crichton Award for Best New Illustrator (Shortlisted 2008)
NSW Premier’s History Awards (Shortlisted 2009)

Pages: 120
Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Fremantle Press
ISBN: 9781921696572
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Dianne Wolfer

Dianne Wolfer is an award-winning author. Her book Lighthouse Girl served as inspiration for PIAF’s The Giants and was adapted into a stage production by Black Swan State Theatre Company. One of Dianne’s picture books, Photographs in the Mud (set along the Kokoda Track), was inspired by a wartime anecdote, has been used as an international peace […]

Brian Simmonds

Brian Simmonds was born in Subiaco and worked for many years as a lithographer in the printing industry while studying art in the evenings. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Curtin University and worked for The Sunday Times, New Idea and an advertising agency before he became a professional artist in […]