Ep: 5 Cath Ferla – Ghost Girls

Cath Ferla talks about her book ‘Ghost Girls’.

Winter in Sydney. The city is brimming with foreign students. Sophie Sandilands takes a job teaching at an English language school. When one of her students leaps to her death it becomes clear that lurking within the psyche of this community is a deep sense of despair and alienation. When it is revealed that the dead woman on the pavement has stolen another’s identity, Sophie is
drawn into the mystery.

Unable to resist the investigative instincts that run in her blood, Sophie finds herself unravelling a sinister operation that is trawling the foreign student market for its victims. But as Sophie works on tracking down the criminals it becomes evident that someone has knowledge of her and the disappearances in her own past. Will Sophie solve the mystery before she too becomes a ghost?

Ghost Girls richly evokes the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of Sydney’s Chinatown, and imagines dark exploitative demands behind closed suburban doors.

Read about  Cath Ferla here


  1. Wow! Another fascinating woman and an equally interesting book. I’m so glad you’re doing this Rose, it’s really exposing me to great authors I might otherwise have not have discovered. Look forward to the next interview.


  2. A most interesting interview. So illuminating to realise how an author’s personal experiences can influence and inspire one’s own creative works. Ghost Girls, a gripping read, is scattered with many seedlings that have sprung from Cath’s own many interesting experiences in China, Sydney, Melbourne, and her own kitchen.


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