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At age 44, Susan Duncan appeared to have it all. Editor of two of Australia's top selling women's magazines, a happy marriage, a jetsetting lifestyle covering stories from New York to Greenland, rubbing shoulders with Hollywood royalty, the world was her oyster. But when her beloved husband and brother died within three days of each other, her glittering life shattered. InAt age 44, Susan Duncan appeared to have it all. Editor of two of Australia's top selling women's magazines, a happy marriage, a jetsetting lifestyle covering stories from New York to Greenland, rubbing shoulders with Hollywood royalty, the world was her oyster. But when her beloved husband and brother died within three days of each other, her glittering life shattered. In shock, she zipped on her work face and soldiered on—until one morning 18 months later when she simply could not get out of bed. Heartbreaking, funny, and honest, this is the story of a woman who found the courage not only to walk away from a successful career and begin again, but to beat the odds in her own battle for survival and find a new life—and love—in a tiny waterside idyll cut off from the outside world. From the terrifying first step of quitting the job that had always anchored her to abandoning herself to a passionate affair, Duncan never flinches from the truth or loses her wicked sense of humor—even when she finds a paradise on earth only to discover that it may be too late....

Title : Salvation Creek
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ISBN : 9781863256384
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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Salvation Creek Reviews

  • Suzanne
    2019-04-26 00:03

    Susan Duncan was a professional with a great career in the magazine industry and journalism. Her brother and husband died within three days of each other. This is her story. From the Nepean River in Penrith, to country Victoria and the interesting shores of Pittwater NSW, this was a fantastic story of this woman’s resilience and strength as she faced more than her fair share of battles.I really did enjoy this book, it exceeded my expectations, in more ways than one. I borrowed this copy of a friend. Knowing how many books I have on my shelf, I thought I should make an effort to read it so I could return it. I don’t like holding onto other people’s books for too long! But I needed have worried that I had to get to it just for that reason..I loved her story, full of ups and downs and trivial excesses. They all add up to what makes this woman the strong one she most certainly is today. I want to visit Pittwater now. Lots of funny and serious issues occurring all at the same time. Mate ship was always one of the main ones. “A boat coming home on a moonless night, slamming into a barge moored just that day in its new position – a mother and her months old baby left to fend for themselves. A toddler slipping silently overboard in a fierce storm, his father jumping in to save him and both drowning. They body of the toddler never found.”The issue of conserving water in the bathroom: “I hate being short of anything, even gherkins, so I install my own, idiosyncratic systems to use as little water as possible and still stay within the bounds of hygiene”. This led onto a shell system, where only the 5th person could flush unless an emergency!The dog race where the dog isn’t faring too well: “Why is it you’re always wearing cottontails when you’d rather be seen in lace?”The backdrop of part of this story involves the very interesting life on Australian poet, Dorothea Mackellar, where the physical environment of this beautiful part of Australia is just as part as the emotional. I recommend this very interesting read. It made me want to know more about this interesting woman.

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    2019-04-12 22:55

    *3.5 starsAt 44 years of age journalist Susan Duncan’s life changes dramatically in just over a week, when she loses two people she loves. First her brother passes away and this is followed in close succession, just days after, by her husband. It takes Susan eighteen months to realise she has not dealt with her grief properly, she has only swept it under the carpet and carried on life as usual. A lifestyle makeover is what Susan’s soul craves. Enter Pittwater, an idyllic island based locale, which is a complete seachange to Susan’s previous life in the city. At Pittwater, Susan finds solace but a health scare forces her to refocus on what matters. Salvation Creek: An Unexpected Life, is a well written memoir penned by established Australian journalist Susan Duncan. Duncan employs her many years in the writing profession to form her moving memoir about a woman risking the life she built for herself to start again. The book has a warm and friendly tone and at times I felt like I was a close friend of Susan Duncan’s. I experienced a mixture of emotions while reading Salvation Creek: An Unexpected Life. These emotional responses ranged from dread, sadness, happiness, envy (I want to live in Pittwater!) to relief and inspiration. The highlight for me about this book was the setting, the area of Pittwater is described with a strong sense of imagery that I felt transported to this stunning Australian location. It definitely wiled me to visit one day after reading this book.Highly enjoyable and personable, I was encouraged to pick up more of Susan’s Duncan’s work after reading Salvation Creek: An Unexpected Life.

  • Diana
    2019-03-29 02:15

    Loved this book! I'm probably biased as, first of all, I just visited and experienced Pittwater for a few days and its easy to visualise the place when she (Susan Duncan) tells about it. And she covers the topics travel, moving house, cancer and loss in a way that resonates with me. But besides that I like the way she writes; honest and with humour. And now I want to live in Pittwater. Ok, maybe only when it's good weather, but still. Read the book and be sure to visit the place when you're in Australia.

  • Linda
    2019-04-13 03:11

    I loved this book so much I couldn't put it down but at the same time wanted it to last. A wonderful memoir of a very strong woman who has been to hell and back. There is a follow up book just published, can't wait to get my hands on it!

  • Dmareen
    2019-04-17 04:53

    Loved this because it was set in a beautiful location in Australia and based on true events. Always a favourite for me.A very enjoyable read.

  • David
    2019-04-25 21:05

    Firstly, had I read this, I don’t think I would have made it very far into the book before I unceremoniously dumped it. I didn’t read it. I listened to it as I drove around the Murray River area of NSW/VIC. 14 hours of listening to the author, Susan Duncan, give her autobiography. Because I listened to it as I drove around, and interspersed it with little country towns, cold running creeks and rivers, coffee shops and the odd vineyard or two, I was happy to go along with her ride.I didn’t really care for her story. Despite the welling of tears and an inability to speak when Barbara- her friend dies, and a desire for Susan to become healthy after her cancer, for the whole, it didn’t do it for me.Susan’s (I feel I know her well enough to call her Susan) book is in fact a self-help book. It is her story from depression to wellness. She espouses Mindfulness and Eastern (Buddhist) philosophy to help cope with the shit that life deals. It works for her, and I seriously think that we should all take a leaf from the Mindfulness book.She finds haven in Lovatt Bay; a well to do, waterborne settlement, in Sydney Harbour. She describes in boring detail the life of this well-to-do community in Sydney. I really don’t care for the City clique of this country (Australia) and I was never going to warm to them. I kept just wanting this story to finish, but Susan just droned on and on about those who can afford to be self-indulgent.I am so glad she got her life in order. I love how she embraced Eastern Philosophy. I recommend this book for the ‘I have a bullocks amount of disposable income class’ in their 40s and beyond who need a change but are not sure how to go about it.

  • Carinya Kappler
    2019-04-11 01:07

    “Ruthlessly honest, passionate, gutsy and Funny.” – These observations are attributed to Maggie Tabberer and appear on the front cover of the book reminding me a little of the health warning on a cigarette packet. (Believe this or be prepared to suffer the consequences!) The reader is enticed to accept these words at face value thus providing a ready made set of parameters (ie a level of credibility) in which to read the author’s tale, or alternately he or she could chose to allow the story itself to reveal its own secrets.On embarking into the very private anguish and confusion of the writer a picture emerges of a heartbroken woman, weary of tragedy who longs for an opportunity to escape from her misery and, if possible, a way to reinvent herself. Poor choices and low self esteem often present as the public face of private desperation. Not surprisingly the author confesses to many unhappy decisions and moral dilemmas that lead her well away from the happy well-adjusted life she hankers for.However the book itself is wonderfully descriptive both historically and geographically. The momentum of the author’s bumpy journey through her own sickness and loss of career never falters. I found her love of words enabled me to picture her situation and life as well as any movie could have done. However, whether she has been “ruthlessly honest” is something only she could know. Not being in a position to judge her honesty, I can only say that her book was a refreshingly different kind of read, interesting, poignant and possessing the desired happy ending.Carinya

  • C
    2019-04-23 23:02

    I began this book thinking itwould be about a woman who lost her husband and brother to cancer, and how she dealt with that. So I felt great sympathy for her when she herself was diagnosed with breast cancer. However I had little sympathy for her during the married man affair. Interesting reading, and very descriptive of her surroundings, but often I found her complete lack of concern for others - for example getting 2 jack russell terriers and allowing them to run free though native bush, and expecting everyone in the vicinity to deal with it while she trotted off to the city to work - difficult to relate to and slightly hard to believe. A stong message throighout the book is that food and wine can solve anything, and life is really not complete until there is a man around to fix things. I dont think cancer made her this way, and I suspect her work of fiction will be very much in the style of Maeve Binchy, and therefore will ultimately appeal to many. But not to me. Read this one to get a feel of Pittwater and surrounds. In spite of me sounding as if I didn 't enjoy it, I did read the book to the end, and I did care about what would happen to her next, and I am pleased formher tht she found a happy ending.

  • Trish
    2019-04-12 23:00

    I may be pedantic but, I could not finish this book after I read on page 37 - A phone call comes mid-morning in early August...."It's Fleury's birthday. Come to Pittwater for the weekend.""Stewart! How are you? What are you up to?"....."Good, I'm good. Can you make it?" he asks."When?""July twenty-three."I hesitate."Be great if you could help with the cooking. And Sophia needs a lift."The clinchers. I'm needed. Can't say no to all that.....Is good old Stewie getting in early for the next year? Is Susan a time traveller and prepared to take herself back a few weeks? Sloppy editing or a typo? It just makes me cringe and wonder how many more mistakes there may be. It ruins the credibility of the story.

  • Luke56
    2019-03-29 23:46

    A miserable and self-indulgent book. I couldn't warm to the writer. Yes, she suffered some tragedy, but lots of people have done that without having affairs with married men and losing all sense of themselves. And what sort of idiot would think that it was OK to get two dogs and let them run wild in a national park?I bought the book because I used to spend my holidays at Lovett Bay, 50 years ago. I wish now that I hadn't bothered. Written in the present tense, which you'd think a journalist would know to avoid, I found everything about it, and its author, dismal and grating. Even the foreshadowing of the supposedly happy ending was irritating, relying as it did, on the death of a good friend of the author.

  • Victoria
    2019-04-17 01:05

    A moving warmhearted account of dealing with grief and escaping from the ratrace. And the lemon cake is delicious.

  • Shokufeh شکوفهKavani کاوانی
    2019-04-05 04:13

    A wonderful read about the mire of depression and finding happiness in the most unusal place and how life and happiness is not what people see from outside. It is all inside YOU.

  • Dale Pearce
    2019-04-08 00:50

    At 44 Susan Duncan appeared to have it all. Editor of two of Australia's top selling women's magazines, a happy marriage, a jetsetting lifestyle covering stories from New York to Greenland, rubbing shoulders with Hollywood royalty, the world was her oyster. But when her beloved husband and brother die within three days of each other, her glittering life shatters. In shock, she zips on her work face and soldiers on - until one morning eighteen months later when she simply can't get out of bed. Heartbreaking, funny and searingly honest, Salvation Creek is the story of a woman who found the courage not only to walk away from a successful career and begin again, but to beat the odds in her own battle for survival and find a new life - and love - in a tiny waterside idyll cut off from the outside world. From the terrifying first step of quitting the job that had always anchored her to abandoning herself to a passionate affair that she knows will break her heart, Duncan never flinches from the truth or loses her wicked sense of humour. Even when she finds a paradise on earth only to discover that it may be too late. It's been said that the greatest risk in life is not to take a risk

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-08 02:08

    As I read this book, I felt as if I was travelling alongside the author as she battles losses of family members, cancer and then embarks on a new life in an amazing part of Australia. The story unfolds with lots of changes for the author who decides to create a new life for herself. She goes on to reveal a little known background of an historic house plus describes the wonderful residents and lifestyles of the residents who live in her new community. I loved this book and it's my 'go to book' when someone asks me to recommend a great read!

  • Elizabeth Cook
    2019-04-14 23:04

    I chose this book to read as my sister is facing death by cancer and so, I am too indirectly, as I start to come to terms with her tragic circumstances. The author started out as a capable, independent, strong woman who could handle anything, thank you very much. Coming face to face with death was mind-stopping, but gradually she clawed her way through, gaining many insights and wisdom-still capable and strong. The book was a beautiful inspiring read.

  • Tricia Riley
    2019-04-07 21:15

    When Susan's husband and brother die within a few days of each other, she finds it difficult to go on. She leaves her job, packs up her dog and cat, and tries to start again.I liked the book but I found it very slow in some places and a bit dull. It is a real account of someone dealing with grief so it is worth a read.

  • Toni
    2019-04-23 05:08

    This book was an inspiring delight! Despite many very sad and emotional topics the authors descriptions made me laugh ( and occasionally cry) - the characters seemed so real - they were! But reading the book is like reading a novel rather than a biography, very relaxing and one that all us could relate too. I am very looking forward to reading the next book. Great writing Susan, thank you.

  • Megan Kelosiwang
    2019-04-01 05:04

    Fantastic read. This feels like a very real, revealing story without being melodramatic. Easy to sit on the side and see the mistakes she continues to make but hard to comprehend how to live through such pain. Fantastic to hear Susan talk about her work on the radio and then to read about her life.

  • Mardi
    2019-03-29 04:46

    Great read; discovered this sitting on my Mum's bookshelves.

  • Ruth Forbes
    2019-04-08 23:15

    Well written honest sharing of life's journey.

  • Georgie Patten
    2019-04-16 02:08

    Beautifully written, dealing with some hard topics in a delicate but real way. Pace is slow but the story is gripping. Thoroughly enjoyed and look forward to reading more from Susan Duncan!

  • Penny Miller
    2019-04-09 21:13

    I struggled to get in to this book. While the story is motivational and touching, it was also long winded and boring.

  • Rebecca Day
    2019-04-13 02:11

    Beautiful, a three sitting book. Found it very hard to put down. Stunningly written. Recommended for every 40 something woman with a bit of Gypsy in her soul. Ten stars.

  • Heather
    2019-04-08 21:47

    Salvation Creek by Susan Duncan is one of those refreshingly honest books that you pick up and think to yourself, “Wow, things could be worse.” It also makes you realise that human beings are capable of pushing through just about any kind of adversity imaginable, coming out the other side with a fresh outlook and appreciation for the life that we are given.After a 25 year career in journalism (including newspaper, radio and editing some of the top women’s magazines in Australia), Susan woke up one morning and simply could not get out of bed. This morning was 18 months after the death of both her husband and her brother, within three days of each other – her husband from a brain tumor and her brother from cancer. On this morning, Susan decided that she needed a sea change and began by resigning from the job which had been the only stable thing in her life since the deaths of her loved ones. Her newly found freedom took her to the home of some friends who lived on Pittwater, near Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Introduced to a tight knit community of people who lived in homes that were only accessible by boat, Susan gradually began to rediscover herself and her life, and to slowly get over the death of the two most important people in her life. However life was not meant to be an easy ride, made apparent on the morning Susan found a lump on her breast…Susan writes with an honest and open narrative and I found myself laughing out loud on the train at some points and crying copius amounts of tears on the couch at others. I was constantly in awe of this amazing woman – it’s not every day that you lose the two people in the world you are closest to withing days of each other, then discover a short time later that you too have cancer. This book is testimony to not only this woman’s amazing strength and courage, but also to all those other people whose lives have been touched by not only cancer, but depression in one way or another.There is a lesson for everyone in this book – make the most of your life and focus on the good times. If we live our lifes by dwelling on the bad and wondering what we could have done differently on a certain day, then we will not be able to enjoy the days that we have and may not recognise some good things when they happen. In the grand scheme of things, we don’t live for a long time, so why waste the days we have?

  • Sue Liu
    2019-04-06 00:09

    It was one of our bookclub reads. I really did enjoy reading this book - and I loved discovering Pittwater and Scotland Island life and communities through Susan's experiences.Appreciating where Susan was in her life, the tragedy of her loses and trying to grapple with where to twist and turn with her career and her future really resonnated with me. At times though, yes I agree, she was a frustrating person to observe ( within her OWN observation of herself in this book that is). In particular, the manner in which is dismissively describes the puppy episodes - really irritated me. It's part of her story though, and she is not appologising for anything. She been so brave to be honest and display herself in this way.I'm keen to go up to Pittwater for a peak and sneak around - but not so compelled to read any more necessarily, about Susan's life or experiences - for now.

  • Caitlin
    2019-03-29 21:50

    So this may break my goodreads' friend Angela's heart, but I can't say I loved this was just a bit twee and went over the 'rural people are so much better than city people with their homespun wisdom' thing. oh and boats. always with the boats. Actually, it was a quick, pretty good read but the parts that rubbed me the wrong way was her affair with a married man which SHOCK! SPOILER ALERT! didn't work out and left her feeling like crap. And her belief that thinking happy thoughts would help her overcome cancer, pretty sure it doesn't work that way. But this book was a huge hit in Australia so maybe it's just me. I can identify with her hatred of her job, and it is an interesting story in parts but overall just is not my cup of tea at all. and the ending you could see coming a mile away. Kind of like eat pray love the way all her troubles are overcome once she finds a man. booorrriinnggg.

  • Sharron Shimbel
    2019-04-24 04:09

    Susan Duncan's memoir of a short period of her life is a very good read. Struggling with family loss and her own cancer she tries to find herself a new and happier place. Susan is the first to admit that in the past she has made less than perfect choices and in her struggle through depression and sickness she again flounders while all the time trying to lead an easier more fulfilling life. This is not a "pink ribbon/ chick/lit story, it seems to me a very honest portrayel of her attempt to regain some equilibrium in her life. It may not ring true to those who have handledb their losses in a different way but it is HER story. The portrayal of life on Pittwater is again her experience. This little gem only 45 minutes from the city is a wonderful place that is not only the domain of the wealty. It's not an axclusive yachty enclave but more an eclectic community with many who are the have nots. Many Sydneysiders are unaware of this pearl in their crown.

  • Debbie Terranova
    2019-03-29 21:07

    To be honest, I was given this book and didn't expect much. It looked like another soul-searching story about a lost woman who had bad things happen to her and survived. The title didn't inspire me either, as it gave the impression it would be about some sort of religious epiphany (which is not my thing at all).I took the book on holiday to the beach. Yes, it is about self-discovery and reinvention, but it is so compellingly written that I simply couldn't put it down.In a former life, the author was a journalist. It is her skill at story-telling that kept me reading, and will keep me reading the sequel, The House at Salvation Creek. I was there with her throughout her period of turmoil and confusion. I sat beside her on the roller-coaster, when she dropped out of a secure (if hectic) career to establish a new life. On her terms and in her own time.Salvation Creek is an easy read, with a surprising twist, that will leave you wondering what this sea-change decision might bring next.

  • Sharon
    2019-04-24 04:14

    About to start for a book club. Not sure I would have picked it to read otherwise.I seem to have faffed around with this book for ages now, originally it was a book choice to read for a book club. I started it and originally enjoyed it, then got irritated by it and put it down for ages, picked it up and read it in one or two chapters at a time and now I have finally finished it. And what did I think? I don't know, lol! It seems everyone pretty much loved it within the book club but I've felt very hot and cold towards it. I've loved the descriptions of Pittwater but have been constantly infuriated by the author's seemingly selfish manner on a number of occasions. This book is supposed to be the author's own story yet a lot of it just doesn't ring true for me.

  • Jacinta
    2019-04-06 04:06

    To be truthful, I wasn't that big of a fan. It was one of those books you get half way through and continue to read as quickly as you can to the end just because you can't wait for it to be over, rather than looking forward to the ending. In saying that, my mother really loved this book, so perhaps it is one of those 'age appropriate' only novels. The story line was okay, the ending was really lovely but the thing that most annoyed me about the book was the overuse of adjectives. I understand that books are meant to be descriptive, however, there is no need to spend three pages describing every plant you see as you walk along (which by the way makes up for almost 3/4 of the book) - it became very tiring and tedious after a while!