Demet Divaroren is the co-editor of the CBCA short-listed Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia. Demet was born in Adana, Turkey, and migrated to Australia with her family when she was six months old. She teaches creative writing at TAFE and writes fiction and non-fiction exploring life, love and the complexities of human emotions.
'Where do you begin writing a review when a book has had such a profound effect on you, one that you're not expecting? This book, based on modern Australian suburban life, not only enlightens us about the tough issues that many Australian families face, but also shares the heartwarming aspects too... The author has captured each character and brought them to life so vividly that at the end of the book I didn't want to say goodbye, I felt that each one had more stories to share. Living on Hope Street is all about diversity, stereotypes, friendships across cultures, about what is happening behind doors that is being "seen" but people are choosing to ignore. A voice has been given to the Australian people from many cultures, both those misunderstood and those accepted. I without a doubt recommend this book...' Little Big Reads 29 May 2017