"A keenly observed satire on the boundaries we set. Good fences make good neighbours. Or do they?"

Wendy Harmer



It's that crazy time of year again with Christmas just around the corner. I've finished the shopping and there is only (only!) the present wrapping and food left to do. Oh, and get a Christmas tree. That's kind of important, isn't it?

I'm taking a break from writing for a few weeks to catch up on some reading and relax. Mainly because the structural edit for #2 is due to be delivered to my inbox in January. Then its flat chat until release date in August 2017. No title yet, but I'll let you know when I know!

Meanwhile The Fence is still in bookstores and has even been recommened on a few Summer Reading lists. May I be so bold to suggest, The Fence is a perfect chill out summer read? Perhaps the perfect Christmas gift? I've bought two Aussie new releases to put under the tree for myself as I can't bear the thought of running out of things to read!


So to one and all, have a lovely festive season and may 2017 bring you many pleasures.


Chat soon,  

Meredith Jaffe author Meredith Signature facebook linkedin twitter The Fence

"With her eye for satire, Jaffé does for neighbourly disputes what Liane Moriarty did for schoolyard scandals in Big Little Lies. The Fence is guaranteed to resonate."  


Australian Women's Weekly

"Not a word is wasted. Jaffé's humour is sly and unerringly finds its mark." Country Style


"I promise you one thing, young lady. Building a fence is not going to keep the world out and won't keep your children in. Life's not that simple."


Gwen Hill adores Green Valley Avenue. Here she has built friendships, raised her children and nurtured a thriving garden. So when the house next door is sold, Gwen wonders how the new family will settle into this cosy community.


Francesca Desmarchelliers has high hopes for the house on Green Valley Avenue. More than a new home, it's a clean slate for Frankie, who has moved her brood in a bid to save her marriage.


To maintain her privacy and corral her wandering children, Frankie proposes a fence between the properties, destroying Gwen's picture-perfect front yard.


To Gwen, this is an act of war.


Soon the neighbours are in an escalating battle about more than just council approvals, where boundaries aren't the only things at stake.

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"There's nothing polite about this white picket fence drama. In this green-thumbed social satire of suburban neighbourly conflict, Meredith Jaffe's wicked sense of humor blooms in the fertile compost of domestic discord. To be enjoyed in all seasons, in full sun or part shade, requiring no watering or weeding. A mischievous treat for anyone who has ever had tricky neighbours. Jaffe is a welcome new talent."

Caroline Baum, Editorial Director, Booktopia


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