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About The Author

Christine Sykes

Christine Sykes was a volunteer at Dress for Success Sydney for over four years. She served as a Senior Public Servant for 30 years. Now retired, she enjoys life’s simple pleasures, and is regularly involved in tap dancing, acting, painting and playing the flute. Christine lives with her partner on the south coast of Sydney. 

My Story

Writing has been an integral part of my daily life for over forty years. I write a daily journal and have practiced writing short stories and articles, some of which were published in writing magazines.

My journey as a writer has involved several writing courses, one in Paris and membership of writers groups.

My debut novel will be published in November 2019. It is called The Changing Room and was inspired by my experience as a volunteer stylist helping women to find clothes for their work interview.

I have attended many writer’s courses, including memoir, novel-writing and children’s literature.  I also hold membership of ASA, Writing NSW, Kill Your Darlings, NSW Women’ Writers and South Coast Writers Centre.

— Christine Sykes

The Changing Room has won 'The Society of Women Writers NSW 2020 Members’ Book Award in the category of Fiction.

The Changing Room

Anna is in her sixties with her dream job and the man to match. Claire is a forty-six-year-old philanthropist with a picture-perfect family. And then there is Molly, who has seen more strife in her twenty years than anyone should, but has more love to give than most.

When their lives are turned upside down, these women must discover how to start over. Guided by Suitability, a clothing and styling service for disadvantaged women, Anna, Claire and Molly find the courage to rebuild their lives – with a few outfit changes along the way.

Inspired by the experiences of the women behind the charity Dress for Success, The Changing Room proves that sometimes losing everything leads you towards freedom, and that hope can be found even in the unlikeliest of places.

The Changing Room captures the hardships in searching for meaning and place, with warmth and without judgement. An uplifting, captivating and powerful story.

- Ann Sherry, AO


Heart-warming and relatable, The Changing Room is a poignant read about the power of communities to change a life.

- Megan Etheridge, OAM, Founder Dress For Success Sydney