Addressed to Greta

Book Author Fiona Sussman
Rights Available World excl. NZ

Greta Jellings lives a small life. No expectation, no disappointment had been her mother’s mantra. It serves Greta well now too. At 30-something years of age she has spent her life pleasing others; working for the past 22 years in a pool-chemicals shop just one of the many compromises she’s had to make. She has embarrassingly big feet and a pet chicken named Marilyn Monroe, but who is she really? Even Greta has no idea.

So, when she receives a call from a lawyer acting on behalf of her dear friend Walter, Greta finds herself presented with a terrifying, though compelling, opportunity. Walter’s bequest, sees Greta embark on a mystery journey, each destination revealed in a letter on the eve of her departure. Addressed to Greta is a captivating novel about a woman learning how to express her true self. It is an important story about finding the courage to be seen, and a testament to the transformative power of friendship.

About the Author
Writer and former GP Fiona Sussman was born in South Africa and now lives in NZ. Her short story ‘A Breath, A Bunk, A Land, A Sky’ was shortlisted for the 2020 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

Her debut novel Shifting Colours was published by Allison & Busby in the UK and by Berkley in the US under the title, Another Woman’s Daughter. Her second novel, The Last Time We Spoke was translated into Polish and won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel in New Zealand. Her crime novel The Doctor’s Wife will be released in NZ in October 2022.


Bateman Books


234 x 153mm



Contemporary Fiction

Publication Date
November 2020

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

Rights Agents:


Paul Bateman, David Bateman Ltd

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With her inappropriate curtsies, her chicken companion and her super-sized feet, reluctant adventurer Greta will win you over ― and perhaps even convince you to pursue your own adventure. An irresistible heroine and a funny, compelling read.

Catherine Chidgey

Fiona Sussman has created a gem of a character in the cautious yet plucky Greta Jellings. This entertaining and uplifting tale will make you smile with recognition and tug at your heart, the perfect reminder that it is never too late to take on adventure and embrace the unknown.

Laurence Fearnley