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Author donates profits to the Women’s Refuge

A Carterton-based author who is donating proceeds from her debut novel to Women’s Refuge has sold 70 copies in the first week.

Julia Capper’s novel The Agency tells the tale of Celeste Harper, a woman whose career dreams aren’t going to plan and, to make things worse, she suspects something isn’t quite right with her husband.

Understandably reluctant to give much more away, Capper said that readers are kept on their toes.

“It unfolds as you go along, and you go ‘Oh, I didn’t see that coming’.”

Capper said the link to Women’s Refuge came from the relationship between the main character and her husband, which “goes up and down”.

“I know a few people who have been through some really tough times with guys,” Capper said.

“I want women to read it, especially ones who are having a hard time and want to leave but don’t know how.”

Capper said she has received a great response to the book so far, which is available through her website or at Carterton’s Paper Plus.

“I’ve actually ordered more copies, it’s selling better than I thought it would.”

A spokesperson for Women’s Refuge said the funds donated to the charity will go towards providing shelter and care to those reaching out for help.

“This spans a wide spectrum, ranging from help accessing healthcare and counselling, support with MSD and budgeting advice, obtaining a protection order and legal assistance, finding a place to live, helping to fund activities for tamariki [children] and meeting basic needs like food, clothing,” the spokesperson said.

“We are so grateful that generous New Zealanders like Julia consider what so many women and children in New Zealand are facing.”

Women’s Refuge recently marked 50 years of operation.

The spokesperson said the cost of living had driven up the number of women and children needing support in accessing food and clothing.

“We are calling on December and January babies to share their birthday with Women’s Refuge, as part of our Summer Appeal.

“The campaign will let Kiwis give Safe Nights as birthday presents over the festive period.”

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Bella Cleary
Bella Cleary
Bella Cleary is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age, originally hailing from Wellington. She is interested in social issues and writes about the local arts and culture scene.

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