Archive News



Dec 2012

Watch this space for some amazing news regarding Tamara's back list, and the three new titles that have yet to be released in English.

Oct 2012

Very successful book fair in Le Mans. Tamara has sold over 450,000 copies of her books in France so far.

Jun 2012

Tamara McKinley asked to attend 'La 25e Heure du Livre 2012 in Le Mans in early October, where she will be signing copies of her books and giving public interviews. This book festival is celebrating 35 years, and is similar to the Hay-on-Wye festival here where authors and those who love books can meet and discuss the literary world. This year the Le Mans festival is celebrating Oceanna, it's coastlines and natives.



Oct 2011

Tamara will be attending a reception at Buckingham Palace at the command of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness, Prince Philip.   The reception is for prominent Australians living and working in the UK, prior to Her Majesty's tour of Australia at the end of October.   Also invited are Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Rolf Harris and Clive James.



Nov 2009

26th - Legacy on sale in Tesco stores. Legacy would make a brilliant Christmas present.   If you would like signed compliments slips to accompany your gifts, please send me your address and I will post them free of charge.

June 2009

24th - talk at Crawley Library, starting at 7:30



29th - workshop on characterisation at Hastings Writers Group


April 2009

Legacy release dates:

Australia in hardback and trade paperback on 14th May
UK in hardback on 14th May
UK in paperback on 6th August

(Please check out the extract on the Legacy page)


Matilda's Last Waltz 'La Derniere valse de Mathilda' has now sold over 150,000 copies in the French language.

Summer Lightning - 'Eclair d'ete' -  is being sponsored by Qantas.

Negotiations underway for Dreamscapes.



October - December 2008

Itinerary for my promotional tour of Australia between 20th October and 9th December 2008. While I'll be visiting Australia to see  family and do research I'm happy to do book signings, meet the author sessions or evening talks while there.



20th to 28th Oct

Could fit in a couple of events in the Perth, Fremantle, Bunbury area

23rd Oct

West Leederville Craft and Literary Fair

24th Oct

Bookshop visits Dymocks Freo, Dymocks

30th Oct to 3rd Nov

Passing through Maitland Singleton Muswellbrook Tamworth Armidale Glen Innes Stanthorpe Warwick Brisbane.

6th Nov

Maleny Library 10-10.30 a.m.  Mothers and Children Talk

10th Nov

Caloundra Library 10.00 a.m.     Beerwah Library 2.30 p.m.  

11th Nov

Maroochydore Library 6.00 p.m.

12th Nov

Noosa Library 6.00 p.m.

13th Nov

Bookshop visits in Sunshine Plaza

17th to 26th Nov

Passing through Warwick Gooniwindi Moree Narrabri Gunnedah Coolah Mudgee Bathurst Cowra Cootamundra Wagga Wagga Albury Cooma Canberra Goulburn Parramatta.

18th Nov

Camden Library 6.30 p.m.  Wine and cheese

21st Nov

Griffith Library, Cowra 5.00 p.m.

24th Nov

Albury Library a.m.

25th Nov

Goulburn Library 10.30 a.m.

27th Nov

Tasmania. (I'll be based in Devonport where I grew up but visiting Hobart and Launceston.  In the past I've enjoyed television, radio and newspaper interviews here.)

3rd Dec

Devonport Library 2.30 p.m.



August 2008


16th and 17th - book signing Dymocks Stand, Melbourne Literary Festival
20th - Collins Bookstore, Bairnsdale - book signing, followed by a talk at 6pm
21st - Sale - book signing, followed by a talk
22nd - Warragul and Traralgon - book signing, followed by a talk
23rd - Romantic Writers of Australia cocktail party in Melbourne





June 2008

I'm thrilled to report that Lands Beyond The Sea is one of the six finalists in the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year 2008 award. The winner will be announced at an awards dinner in Melbourne on 23rd August 2008.




February 2008

De Kern in Holland are to release Matilda's Last Waltz in paperback at the same time as A Kingdom for the Brave.
They also plan to release Undercurrents and Summer Lightning in a paperback omnibus edition in Summer, 2009.




A Kingdom for the Brave is released in hardback  6th March UK.
A Kingdom for the Brave is released in paperback 4th September UK
A Kingdom for the Brave is released in hardback approx 11th May Australia
Lands Beyond the Sea is released in paperback approx 11th May Australia



Also in 2007

Lands Beyond the Sea sold to:-
Doubleday Australia trade paperback, run of 10,000
Family Bookclub, Sweden
Large Print UK
German Bookclub
Weltbild Reader Edition hard-back, due for publication 2008
Finland (due for publication 2009)

Summer Lightning sold to :-
Hungary Readers Digest
Czech Republic

Dreamscapes sold to :-

Matilda's Last Waltz
Sold to Croatia
French reprint 5,000 copies



November 2007

Hungary have bought the rights to Queen's Flight (written under the name of Tamara Lee) to serialise it for six weeks in one of their leading magazines.   This is the second time Queen's Flight has been serialised.   Sweden took up the option two years ago.   It just goes to show that although I haven't written a thriller for many years and Queen's Flight is long out of print, there is still life in everything one writes!


 Lands Beyond the Sea has now been bought by Cappelens in Norway, and by a publisher in The Baltic States

30 November, 2007 

I will be presenting prizes for the Catherine Cookson Short Story Competition which is run every year by the Hastings Writers.   Catherine Cookson was their founder, and it is a great honour to be asked to judge the entries again this year.

7 November, 2007   7.30 pm

The Lecture Hall, The English Language Centre, Salisbury Road, Hove

Tamara will be speaking to The Forum Society on "Life in Australia".



October 2007

October 2007 Writing Magazine - asked by Jane Wenham-Jones to add my thoughts to her Help page.

11th October, 2007  7.00pm

Book presentation and art exhibition - Wustenrot-Beratungsstelle Tulln
Frauentorgasse 87, 3430 Tulln, Austria

Tamara McKinley will be presenting her books, including Lands Beyond the Sea, along with the artist, Peter Schneider, who will be exhibiting his paintings.  The evening will be introduced by Dr Susanne Riess-Passer, former Vice Chancellor of Austria.



June 2007

On the 23rd June, Lands Beyond The Sea will be officially launched at a party in Alfriston, where there will be champagne, a didgeridoo player, fire dancer and African drums to entertain the guests. As long as the weather behaves itself this should be a great evening. 

View photographs of the launch party



May 2007

On the 19th May, between noon and 4pm I'll be attending the launch of 'Wannabe A Writer?' by Jane Wenham-Jones at Borders Bookshop, Charing Cross road, London. I've contributed to 'Wannabe A Writer?' and will be available to sign copies of the book and my own novels.




Lands Beyond The Sea now published in Australia in Trade Paperback.




A Kingdom For The Brave is in the final stages and will be going to the printers shortly. The third part of the Oceania Trilogy has a working title of Legacy. Having completed the Prologue I have now started the first chapter.



February 2007

A new year and another book.  A Kingdom for the Brave is the second part of the Oceania trilogy and is currently with my publisher.



March 2007 - Lands Beyond the Sea released by Hodder in the UK.

May 2007 - Lands Beyond the Sea to be released by Headline in Australia.

June 2007 - Lands Beyond the Sea to be released in paperback in UK by Hodder.



March 2008 - A Kingdom for the Brave to be released in UK by Hodder.

The Oceania Trilogy will also be released in Germany from 2008.




December 2006

Apologies for not updating this page, but work and technical difficulties got in the way. 

Thank you to everyone who has visited my website.  I have replied to all the e-mails you sent, but some of the e-mails remained undelivered, so if you didn't get a reply, please be assured I did try.  It is lovely to hear from my readers, and to know you are enjoying my books - after all, if it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be doing a job I love, so thank you.

2006 was spent working on Lands Beyond the Sea.  It is the first part of the Oceania Trilogy which covers the history of Australia from Dreamtime to the end of WW1.  At the end of 2006 I went to Australia to do some research and visit the family for Christmas.  My trip to Broome was amazing, and I hope soon to incorporate what I've learnt into a book.  There are so many stories to be told in that part of Australia, and as an author I just can't resist.


May 2006

Harper Collins is running a competition to find the most-loved family saga. If you loved Matilda's Last Waltz, published in 2000, it would be great if you could nominate it for the competition. All you have to do is put your nomination in an e-mail to Please head your e-mail Elizabeth Elgin Nomination. The closing date is 12th May, so there's still time to cast your vote.

Thank you for your support.


March 2006

Moving to Hodder.   Sara Kinsella at Hodder has offered a very good two-book deal for 'Land Beyond the Sea' and a further novel.   'Land Beyond the Sea' is about the colonisation of Australia seen through fictional eyes.


February 2006

Spent a week in Cornwall researching the next novel. Mousehole, pronounced Muzzle by the Cornish, will feature largely in this new story, especially the hilltop church of St. Pol. I chose Mousehole because it has one of the oldest stone quays in Cornwall.

January 2006

Women's Day Magazine chose 'Dreamscapes' as their Australia Day story. The tightly-edited piece was spread over two pages.


Dreamscapes published in trade paperback in Australia




November 2005

Dreamscapes published in hardback in the UK


September 2005

Dreamscapes published in hardback in Sweden