The Serpent Rising

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Mary Garden

Mary Garden is an author and journalist, with a PhD in Journalism (USC). Her work has appeared in many publications, including the Australian Financial Review, The Weekend Australian, The Guardian, Meanjin, The Humanist, New Zealand Geographic, Newtown Review of Books, Newsroom (NZ), Crime Magazine and Northern Times (Scotland), as well as scores of aviation magazines.

Her memoir The Serpent Rising: A Journey of Spiritual Seduction, first published in 1988, recounts her years in India in the 1970s where she fell under the spell of several gurus who led so-called 'spiritual' groups that were in fact sex cults. It has had enduring appeal and won the High Country Indie Book Award 2021. Her biography Sundowner of the Skies: The Story of Oscar Garden, the Forgotten Aviator, a warts and all account of her father's extraordinary but troubled life, was short-listed for the NSW Premier's History Award 2020 for a work of international significance.

She is a keen cyclist and works in her family's bicycle business, KWT Imports. She writes when she can.