Lucy Springer Gets Even by Lisa Heidke

About Lisa Heidke

After growing up in Brisbane, Australia, Lisa Heidke ran away to Sydney, via London, and worked in book and magazine publishing. After many years living in the hip inner city, she woke up one morning to find herself married with three children and living on the leafy North Shore—much to her surprise.

Lisa wasn’t one of those people who had always wanted to write a novel…okay, yes, she was one of those people. But it wasn’t until a few years ago she seriously challenged herself to do something about it. In fact, it was during an alcohol fuelled New Year’s Eve party where friends had been discussing the merits of a newly published novel. Lisa had just given birth to her third child.

‘I could write that,’ she blurted to anyone who’d listen. She has long since forgotten the title of the book from that night, but the idea of writing a novel, quickly became her New Year’s resolution. The next morning her husband poked her in the ribs, force fed her two headache tablets and pointed her in the direction of the computer.

That was nine long years ago.

Receiving great reviews and a Pink Thong Award from the Chicklit Club as best Australian debut, Lucy Springer Gets Even was published in Australia in 2009.

Since then Lisa has written What Kate did Next (Allen & Unwin 2010) and is currently editing her third, as yet untitled novel, which will be published by Allen & Unwin in early 2011 You can visit her website at

About Lucy Springer Gets Even

Lucy Springer thinks she’s got it tough. She’s living through renovation hell, her two kids seem more challenging than ever, and her once successful acting career has been reduced to the odd commercial.

Then Max, her husband, absconds to Bali with an unknown companion and things go from bad to disastrous.

But Lucy doesn’t give up easily. Juggling increasingly chaotic building dramas, bewildered children, her crazy best friend-slash-agent Gloria, her ever ‘helpful’ mother and chasing after Max, Lucy Springer is determined to get her life on an even keel – and more.

Read an Excerpt

Last night my husband, Max, looked at me over his halfeaten Pad Thai and, in calm, measured tones, said, ‘I’ve had enough.’

I took him to mean he’d eaten enough dinner. He’s been on a health kick recently, prompted by watching The Biggest Loser.

I was preoccupied thinking about our two children, who’d left on a school camp that afternoon, and so didn’t pay much attention as he pushed his plate away, stood up and disappeared out the kitchen door. A few minutes later there was a clatter as he pulled his surfboard from its wall bracket. It’s been a long time since Max has hit the waves.

And besides, it was dark. I went to the window just in time to see him reversing his car down the driveway at considerable speed, his bright red board strapped to the roof-racks. Stopping briefly to check for oncoming cars, he screeched onto the road and accelerated off into the night.

It’s now three o’clock the following afternoon. He’s not back and I have a sneaking suspicion (well, not that sneaking really) that he’s not surfing because:

1. It’s a cold August afternoon.

2. Nineteen hours is a long time to stay out waiting for sets.

3. Max has been pissed off for some time now.

What Reviewers Are Saying

‘A sprightly bit of chick-lit…well crafted and lively…containing sharp insights…’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘Enjoy this sharp, snappy lesson in survival and success.’ Woman’s Day

‘This pacy and funny novel is genuinely witty.’ Sunday Age

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Posted on July 8, 2010, in Book Excerpt, Book Synopsis, Contemporary, Fiction, Humor, Women's. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. This sounds like such a fun book!

  2. The title pulls you right in and makes you want to read the first line. It sound like a fun book.

  3. I just got done reading this book, and it is a fun book! I absolutely love it.

  4. Hi everyone,
    Thanks for your encouraging comments. Much appreciated!
    Jaime, I’m glad you enjoyed reading about Lucy’s adventures. She was a great character to write.

  5. So many thing I didn’t know about Lucy! It’s wonderful when characters leap off the page and come to life.

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