Dawn Barker

Dawn Barker

Perth, Western Australia

Dr Dawn Barker is a psychiatrist and author. She studied Medicine in the UK before moving to Australia in 2001 where she completed her psychiatric training – winning the RANZCP’s Maddison Medallion in 2009 – and began writing.

In 2010, Dawn’s first novel, Fractured, was selected for the Hachette/Queensland Writers Centre’s manuscript development competition and it was published in 2013 in Australia. It was one of Australia’s bestselling debut fiction titles, and was shortlisted for 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. It has also been published in Turkey and Poland.

Her second novel, Let Her Go, was published in July 2014 in Australia, and has now been published in Turkey, Poland, and the UK in May 2017.

Dawn has written non-fiction for various magazines and websites, including Good Weekend, Mamamia, Essential Baby, Quartz, Artlink and the Medical Journal of Australia.

She is an experienced public speaker and has spoken on writing, mental health and parenting at conferences, writers festivals, television and radio.

You can listen to Dawn here talking at a live storytelling event at Sydney Writers Festival, later broadcast on ABC radio’s Now Hear This and Life Matters show.

Dawn lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband and three young children. When not working as a psychiatrist or writing, you might see her running and listening to audiobooks.

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Let Her Go: An emotional and heartbreaking tale of motherhood and family that will leave you breathless

Could you share your child with someone else? Zoe wanted a baby more than anything. But her dreams will come at a price… After years of struggling to conceive, Zoe and her husband face the prospect of never having a family. When Zoe’s stepsister, Nadia, offers to be a surrogate it presents the perfect solution. A healthy girl, Louise, is born. But no one imagined just how hard it would be to know someone else was also mother to your child. As the pressure on Zoe and Nadia mounts, they make choices that there is no going back from. Years later, Louise is in desperate need of her family’s help. Can they put their painful history aside to save the child they love so much? Don’t miss this explosive and moving drama. Perfect for fans of Amanda Prowse, Kelly Rimmer and Kerry Fisher. Readers have been raving about Let Her Go: 'A moving and emotional read with brilliant characters… 5*. Highly recommended.' Goodreads reviewer 'This book was amazing! I was unable to put it down!' NetGalley reviewer 'Fab story with parts that brought me to tears.' NetGalley reviewer 'A really heart-wrenching story... of love, loss, heartbreak... I loved this book.' Goodreads reviewer 'Excellent and emotional book, great read couldn't put it down.' NetGalley reviewer 'A riveting piece of fiction that will keep the reader engrossed from the first page!' NetGalley reviewer

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