Shady Cosgrove


She Played Elvis

P8070637 This is the story of a trip that Shady – a young American immigrant to Australia – undertakes with her Australian boyfriend to rediscover her homeland, which, after several years in Australia, doesn’t necessarily feel like ‘home’ anymore. As part of the journey, the two decide to make a pilgrimage across America, travelling on Greyhound buses, to arrive at Graceland for the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, with Shady busking and singing Elvis songs at cities and towns along the way. As they travel, memories of her past begin to surface and Shady realises that while she is coming to understand the meaning of ‘home’, she is also untangling the knotted threads of her difficult relationship with her estranged father.  Link to Allen and Unwin or Link to Amazon.

“Humour and wit sit comfortably alongside melancholy and loss—there is rawness and honesty but no murky, self-indulgence.” ––Paula Grunseit, Bookseller and Publisher  Link to Review.

“Throw in an eccentric mother, an estranged father and a series of larger-than-life characters, and you have a classic road trip adventure. But it’s also a moving story of family, home, love and loss and of course, Elvis.” ––Kirsten Dagg, ‘Up and Coming Writers’ Link to Review.

Here she is, giving busking a go in Kings Cross with Elvis’s ‘Hound Dog’.

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She Played Elvis – a memoir

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