Trick the Light

At the western end of the bay, where the beach curved around, long shadows from Norfolk pines fell on the beach, formed strips of shade on the white sand. We fell in and out of darkness as we walked.


‘Trick the Light’, a chapter extracted from The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, appears in Summer Lovin’, a collection of fourteen stories about love from Australian writers. With an introduction by Liz Byrski, Summer Lovin’ includes stories by Natasha Lester, Craig Silvey, Annabel Smith, Elizabeth Jolley and Joan London.


The rapture and intensity of falling in love are exquisitely captured by Tracy Farr, who holds us in the magic of that heightened sensuality in which the swish of silk against skin and a simple glance or gesture take on a powerful meaning. As Lena and Beatrix cross Sydney Harbour on the Manly Ferry, as they light their cigarettes and study the paintings in Beatrix’s studio, love, desire and art come together to ‘Trick the Light’.
Liz Byrski, Introduction, Summer Lovin’



‘Trick the Light’ appears in Summer Lovin’ (Fremantle Press, 2013)

Details from Fremantle Press

‘Trick the Light’ is an excerpt from The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt