Claire Douglas loves coffee. She is almost certainly addicted to the rich black brew. Coffee is the fuel of her adventurous life and new love in tropical far north Queensland. But Claire is about to be tempted – by a bloke, and by tea. Claire hails from Melbourne, she thinks she’s bound for Italy, but she finds herself near Dimbulah, on the high country well west of Cairns. We first met Claire in The Coffeeholic & The Cafe – Cairns author Elizabeth Martin’s first novel. Today, Elizabeth launches the sequel – The Tea House in the Lime Trees.
Elizabeth and her character, Claire, have a bit in common. They both moved to FNQ from Melbourne, and Elizabeth has an abiding and infectious passion for good coffee and cafes. Both of her novels are set here in Cairns and the far north, vividly conjuring the characters, sights, sounds and scents of our tropical surrounds.
It’s always a thrill when our region features in a film, a TV show or a novel – and Elizabeth has distilled the flavours of far north Queensland into The Tea House in the Lime Trees.
LISTEN to Elizabeth Martin talk about her new book, and her journey to becoming a published author.