In a suburb called Success, failure is not an option. Harry and Louisa look like an ordinary couple. They live in an ordinary house in an ordinary street in a suburb called Success. Harry says it is better to let sleeping dogs lie. But Buster their dog isn’t one for lying still, and even Harry can’t resist digging up the lawnmower he finds buried in the yard. Louisa, too, wishes things would just stay as they are. But sometimes, if you dig a little deeper, past the losses, the secret longings, the broken dreams, you find the most surprising things.
has degrees in English, Psychology, and Theatre and Drama Studies, a teaching qualification, and a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature. She has written four one-act plays, which have been produced and performed in Perth, with one travelling to Scotland for the Edinburgh Fringe in 1999. In 2008 she was runner-up in the Short Story section of the Trudy Graham Literary Award and her poems have been published in the anthologies, Thirst and An Alphabetic Amulet. As an actor, she performed in more than forty plays through Kaff Theatre, the Collective Unconscious Theatre Company, the Blue Room, and Murdoch University. She has worked for many years as a psychologist, in a range of fields, but most often in the area of vocational rehabilitation for people with disabilities. Elsewhere in Success is her first novel.
‘… each scene is worth rereading.’ —The Age
‘Elsewhere in Success is a brave book …’ —The Sydney Morning Herald
‘a beautifully written account of ordinary suburban lives lived in flux, pain and hope’
‘… told with compassion and humour … A novel about grief and hope that will make you question whether there is an such thing as ordinary.’ —The West Australian
‘It is always a delight to uncover a wonderful piece of debut fiction such as Iris Lavell’s Elsewhere in Success.’ —Kill Your Darlings
‘It’s a book that will resonate with many middle-aged Australians …’ —Herald Sun
‘Iris writes with skill and deep understanding of people’s endless and internal monologues …’ —Subiaco Post.