"McCausland is a natural storyteller who weaves love, loss, mystery and secrets into a satisfying tale."

"Full of mystery and romance, this is the perfect atmospheric summer read."

The Valley of Lost Stories

Beautiful, beguiling and treacherous… Big Little Lies meets Picnic at Hanging Rock in a secluded valley over the Blue Mountains.

Dreaming In French

A remote French island. A crumbling villa. A reclusive film star. And an inheritance Saskia never expected.

The Beautiful Words

This enthralling new novel is about betrayal and forgiveness, the stories we tell, and the healing power of words.

The Lost Summers of Driftwood

This is a story of lost loves, rekindled passions, tragedy and betrayal set against the backdrop of an idyllic south coast town.

Vanessa McCausland is the author of four contemporary fiction novels THE LOST SUMMERS OF DRIFTWOOD, THE VALLEY OF LOST STORIES, THE BEAUTIFUL WORDS and DREAMING IN FRENCH.

She studied English and Australian Literature at Sydney University and graduated with honours in Theatre and Performance Studies. She worked as a journalist for nearly 20 years, including as a news and arts journalist for the Daily Telegraph, and her writing has appeared in numerous other publications.

Vanessa’s third book, THE BEAUTIFUL WORDS, was shortlisted for the Davitt Crime Awards. Vanessa lives in Sydney with her husband and daughter.


An Afternoon with Vanessa McCausland and Anna Downes

Join Vanessa McCausland on 8th July for an afternoon talk with tea, champagne and cakes to celebrate the release of Dreaming in French. Vanessa will be in conversation with Anna Downes. Find out more >

Vanessa McCausland and Karina May in Conversation

Join us for some delicious macrons and bubbles on 19th July at Berkelouw Mona Vale to hear Vanessa McCausland in conversation with Karina May. Book now >

Dreaming in French with Vanessa McCausland

Join local author Vanessa McCausland on 12th July at Warringah Mall Library for a conversation with Belinda Alexandra as they discuss her newest contemporary fiction, Dreaming in French. Learn more >

Mudgee Readers’ Festival

In this MRF special event, Vanessa will be in conversation with popular Readers’ Festival host Sharelle Fellows over a delicious high tea. Sunday 28 March. Find out more >

HarperCollins online book launch with Leah Swann

Watch the virtual launch of The Valley of Lost Stories by Vanessa McCausland, in conversation with Leah Swann. Watch now >

Book Bites with Sandie Docker

Watch the recent Book Bites interview with Sandie Docker - Watch now >