Take a look inside Adelaide author Victoria Purman’s home
Author, workshop presenter, communications manager.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS/BEST KNOWN FOR…
My best-selling book “The Last of the Bonegilla Girls” based on my mother’s real life migration to Australia from Europe in the 1950s.
I’VE LIVED IN MY HOME FOR…
Eight years. I live with my husband Stephen, our three sons and a geriatric spoodle called Charlie.
MY HOME IS A…
A gorgeous sandstone villa in Forestville.
I LOVE MY HOME BECAUSE…
It was our dream home when we bought it back in 2011 (although it needed renovating). We were looking for enough bedrooms for our three sons, a pool, a room which I could turn into my library/office, something close to Goodwood Rd and the tram and it ticked all the boxes. We also wanted to create a new kitchen and we found the perfect renovator! I simply love what we did. There is loads of storage and a concrete benchtop which is foor metres long.
BUT I STILL NEED TO…
Update the family bathroom and the ensuite. They’re very 1980s and haven’t aged well.
MY DECORATING STYLE IS…
Modern, slightly minimalist, with clean lines and an uncluttered feel (except for my office!)
Two fantastic framed movie posters (King Kong and Attack of the 50ft Woman) from an op shop.
I am shamelessly addicted to vintage Tupperware. And books.
I love our renovated kitchen, which is big enough for friends to sit around when we entertain, and for the whole family to work around when we do homemade pizzas.
– My bookshelves. They’re crammed with books – what else would you expect from an author! I can’t seem to get rid of any and if I do bite the bullet, I somehow manage to find just as many replacements to quickly to fill the space.
– Our chocolate brown leather Natuzzi sofas. They are so comfortable.
– Our new kitchen. We love everything about it.
IN MY GARDEN I HAVE…
A fantastic large deck, which is great for entertaining, including accommodating the 30 people we have each Christmas for lunch. It’s covered by a canopy of leaves from our beautiful acer negunda tree when it is in full leaf over summer. The little microclimate it creates is a breath of fresh air on a hot summer’s day.
WHEN I GET HOME AT NIGHT, I …
Cuddle the dog, head into my office to check emails and work, and then hit the sofa.
AT WEEKENDS I LIKE TO…
I write on weekends, so I love sitting at my desk looking out over the garden. If I’m lucky, Charlie will join me.
MY FIRST CAR WAS…
A 1975 Mazda 929, which was a smaller car than it is now. All I remember is that the dial on the radio was broken and I couldn’t listen to anything!
I LIKE TO LISTEN TO…
The news most of the time, but music and podcasts when I get the chance. My musical tastes are eclectic, from Foo Fighters to country artists like Miranda Lambert to the great American songbook and Joni Mitchell.
AT THE MOMENT I AM READING…
A whole range of non-fiction history books as I’m writing my next novel, which is set in Australia in the years after World War Two.
Dirty Dancing. In a tradition we never miss, my mum and I watch it every Christmas Day after lunch. We still cry when Johnny and Baby do the lift and still mourn the loss of Patrick Swayze way too soon
CLEAN FREAK OR MESSY BESSIE?
Can I be a bit of both? I hate clutter but don’t look too closely for dust – you’ll likely find some!
ON MY WISHLIST IS…
Some more artwork by our friend, the brilliant Leith Semmens. We have one of his pieces hanging in the living room – which I adore – and there is a space in the kitchen that needs filling…
WHEN I’M HOME I LIKE TO COOK…
Chicken stock from scratch, which I turn into soup with semolina dumplings, a recipe my mother taught me. There is nothing heartier, especially with winter on its way.
Two Sisters on Goodwood Rd is great after catching a movie at the Capri on Saturday night when the organists play. Ginger’s also on Goodwood Road has great breakfasts, and FermentAsian in Tanunda is stunning, with an equally stunning wine list. Although, there is the also Primo Estate’s winery lunches, and Hentley Farm and Orana and Pipers of Penola. We really are spoiled for choice in South Australia, aren’t we?
A Clare valley riesling. I’m fiercely patriotic for our brilliant South Australian wines and will drink nothing else when I’m interstate, which my publisher knows well. She hands me the wine list these days. I’ve trained her well!
At home with Poh Ling Yeow
WHEN I WAS A CHILD I WANTED TO BE…
A novelist, so I really am living my dream.
FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY
Visits to the local second hand book shop.
IF I COULD CHANGE CAREER NOW I WOULD BE…
How could I change career when I’m living my dream by being a published author?
FAVOURITE SA HOLIDAY SPOT/OR ACTIVITY
South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. I’ve set four books there and it’s one of my favourite places on the planet.
DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION
New York for a month with tickets to every musical and play on Broadway.
FAVOURITE SPORTS TEAM
I’m a western suburbs girl at heart so it’s Port Power for me.
SOMETHING YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?
To keep writing books that tell the untold stories of Australian women in our history – and to have people keep reading them.
MY NEIGHBOURS ARE…
Lovely, kind people. Leo the ginger cat, who lives next door, is my favourite cat.
I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT…
IF I COULD AFFORD IT I WOULD LIVE…
In New York, on Central Park.
Family, warmth, comfort and utter relaxation.
Victoria has just released her new book The Land Girls, published by Harper Collins