Petronella grew up in a large family on a farm in New South Wales – building tree houses, chasing cows and avoiding snakes. Bitten by the travel bug, Petronella backpacked in Africa, Europe, America and Russia.
She has co-written two non-fiction books – an Olympic memoir (Trailblazers: Australia’s First Olympic Equestrians) and a travelogue (For Love and a Beetle). After working in Canberra for a number of years, Petronella now lives in Sydney with her husband and children.
Her debut novel, Six Minutes, was published in 2019 while her second novel, The Good Teacher, is being released in September 2020.
Awards: Longlisted Best Debut, Indie Book Awards 2020 AU.courtesy Petronella McGovern and Allen & Unwin.