The Diary of Katy Yehonala joins the list of 2021’s best interracial and multicultural novels

Available November 2021

Meet the Author

Why did you write the book?

I wanted to write a love story and bring to life the almost unknown tragedies of late 20th century China and Cambodia that I knew, through the lives of…


Looking for a favourite Australian author to read? Here’s a new book from a literary talent you won’t be able to put down…

The Diary of Katy Yehonala

A sweeping saga of three generations of extraordinary women who lifted their gaze beyond their turbulent history, each to fulfil unique destinies.

  • The first is a proud…

thinking small to enjoy the wonder of literature

Books. They’ve been around for everyone since about 1450 when Gutenberg invented the printing press. Almost overnight, instead of hearing the local vicar’s opinion of how the world worked, we started finding out for ourselves. Forever after, the best mystery novels of…


Clara is Katy’s gifted Eurasian daughter and travels the world as a celebrated piano virtuoso known as the Jade Princess.

Clara’s musical performance is at the Pleyel Concert Hall in Paris and is itself the end of another story — a promise kept by two generations of Yehonalas to…


- a conversation on kindness to fictional heroes

Having this discussion with Katy was very difficult, and not just for the obvious reason you might think. The conversation was hard because I don’t think she always agreed with me about what was in her best interest. …


- changing times for ethnically and sexually-diverse writers

Amazon’s top-twenty best-seller list in the romance genre doesn’t exactly sparkle with heady tales of multicultural romances. …


– when we’re looking for women who changed the world, Katy Yehonala’s ancestor is hard to overlook

In this last of the “trilogy” of short stories of the Dowager Empress Cixi, it’s time to take a look at the legacy of this remarkable woman. And, naturally enough for me, how…


- why I chose Empress Cixi as the ancestor for Katy and Clara Yehonala’s multicultural romance and murder mystery novels.

Born a year apart, Dowager Empress Cixi Yehonala and Queen Victoria both died at the turn of the twentieth century. These two women ruled over more than half the world’s people for more than fifty years. …


- the coming of age of wonder books

Don’t we all treasure those romantic fantasies created in the world of our imagination? For some, it’s making love scandalously in the surf like Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, for others being seduced by, or seducing, a handsome rogue while Charleston burns down around you. Or, you may be the…


- from Empress Cixi Yehonala to her modern-day descendants, Robert Barclay writes a multicultural romance novel about three extraordinary women to transport readers to a different time and place

The year was 1851. A pretty sixteen-year-old Manchu girl known as Lan Kueu (Little Orchid), who was destined to become the…

Robert Barclay

When not writing novels, I strive heroically to master classical piano and a nice shiraz, but not always in that order. www.robertbarclay.com.au

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