Josephine Dee BarrettScreenwriter | Author

Josephine Dee Barrett has written and script edited on an array of one-hour television dramas. Her writing credits include the fourth series of Love Child, Wonderland, Home and Away, and Bed of Roses. She has also script edited popular Seven drama The Secret Daughter, as well as Love Child, Wonderland, East of Everything, Love My Way, Home and Away and Out of the Blue. Josephine is currently writing on the children’s animation series 100% Wolf for Flying Bark Productions.

Hachette Australia published Josephine’s debut fiction, The Secret Recipe for Second Chances, a culinary rom-com, in March 2016. The novel is currently being developed into a feature film. In April 2017 her second novel The Song of Us was published, followed by The Upside of Over in 2018, which has since been optioned by Revlover.

Josephine has several original film and television projects in development.

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A surprising, smart, charming novel that shows every day is a second chance.

If you love OFFSPRING and the ‘opposites attract’ charm of THE ROSIE PROJECT, you will love this story!

Lucy Muir is leaving her husband. It’s complicated. They’re joint owners and chefs at one of the best restaurants in town, so making a clean break is tough. But, let’s face it, a woman can only take so much cheating, recipe stealing and lack of good grace.

Despondently driving around the back streets of Woolloomooloo one night, Lucy happens upon an old, empty terrace that was once the city’s hottest restaurant: Fortune. One minute she’s peering through grimy windows into an abandoned space, the next she’s planning a pop-up bistro.

When Lucy fires up Fortune’s old kitchen she discovers a little red recipe book that belonged to the former chef, the infamous Frankie Summers. As she cries over the ingredients for Frankie’s French Onion Soup, she imagines what Fortune was like in its heyday. It’s strange, Lucy can sense Frankie beside her, almost see him there …

This fiery chef, who lived with a passion for food and women in almost equal measure, just might help Lucy cook herself up a better life. But is she brave enough to believe?

A surprising, smart, charming novel that shows every day brings with it a second chance.

Published by Hachette [To purchase, go to Publisher]

If Bridget Jones and Nina Proudman had a sister she would be Zoe Wylde.

Zoe Wylde is a woman at a crossroad. Five years ago, she fled her successful career as a concert harpist in London to return to her Bondi home. She still plays, but now her audience is on the way out … literally. It’s complicated and complication is something Zoe understands well. Her best friend is chasing a new love, her brother’s chasing too much love and her father has been married far too many times. Compared to them she thought she was doing okay. She’s met the guy she is sure is the ONE. He wooed her and has been sleeping with her for almost five years. It would all be perfect … if he wasn’t married.

Zoe is learning that hearts, like harps, are capable of beautiful music if treated the right way and can be tricky to manoeuvre. She’s over the old tune. But does Zoe have the courage to rewrite the song of her own life?

The Song of Us is a soulful story of family, love and the notes that define our lives by the author of The Secret Recipe for Second Chances.

Published by Hachette [To purchase, go to Publisher]

A scathingly brilliant new novel from TV scriptwriter J.D. Barrett, author of The Secret Recipe for Second Chances, that explores sex, love and all the stuff in-between.

What happens when one of the country’s most popular identities goes from reading the news to being the news?

Olivia Law had always been the good girl. Great grades, perfect career, husband, house and hairdo. She’d learnt image was everything so she refused to look below the surface of her life. When not at work, her minutes were filled with causes, chairing boards and dining at fabulous restaurants with her equally fabulous husband, David. She kept up the Botox, blow-dries and worked hard. It wasn’t enough, but whenever doubt crept in, she’d head to a pilates class or plan a renovation on her trophy house.

Then she turned 45.

Olivia wasn’t prepared for David to leave. The fact that they hadn’t had sex for two years should have triggered warning bells … it didn’t.

In an attempt to fix her broken marriage Olivia exposes herself like never before. But when her confession goes viral, the husband, house and job disappear. The woman who once offered glamorous reassurance and a steady gaze is labelled a princess of perversion. Humiliated, defeated, facing fifty shades of failure, she’s left wondering who the hell she really is? Stripped bare, she abandons perfection … and something remarkable happens.

Olivia Law just might get her sass back (and this time, it’s the real thing).

Published by Hachette [To purchase, go to Publisher]

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