See What I Have Done

2pm Sunday 17th March 2019 – The Warehouse
36 Fraser Street – Clunes
Join us at The Warehouse and meet author Sarah Schmidt


Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018
Shortlisted for the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction 2018
Shortlisted for The Ned Kelly Awards for Best First Crime 2018
Shortlisted for the Strand Critics Awards for Best First Novel
Shortlisted for the Davitt Awards for Debut Novel 2018
Longlisted for the ABIA Matt Richell Award for New Writers 2018

About The Book

A deeply atmospheric novel by a startling new Aussie talent; an incredibly unique look inside the mind of Lizzie Borden, famously accused of murdering her father and stepmother in 1892.

He was still bleeding. I yelled, ‘Someone’s killed Father.’ I breathed in kerosene air, licked the thickness from my teeth. The clock on the mantel ticked ticked. I looked at Father, the way hands clutched to thighs, the way the little gold ring on his pinky finger sat like a sun. I gave him that ring for his birthday when I no longer wanted it. ‘Daddy,’ I had said. ‘I’m giving this to you because I love you.’ He had smiled and kissed my forehead.

Lizzie Borden took an axe. Or did she? On 4 August 1892 Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. During the inquest into the deaths, Lizzie Borden was arrested and charged with the murder of her father and her stepmother.
Through the eyes of Lizzie’s sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, the enigmatic stranger Benjamin and the beguiling Lizzie herself, we return to what happened that day in Fall River.

About The Author

After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Professional writing and editing), a Master of Arts (Creative Writing), and a Graduate Diploma of Information Management, Sarah currently works as a Reading & Literacy Coordinator (read: a fancy librarian) at a regional public library. She lives in Melbourne. See What I Have Done is her first novel.


‘Haunting, evocative and psychologically taut, See What I Have Done breathes fresh life into the infamous 19th-century murder case surrounding Lizzie Borden. This is a powerful, beautifully researched debut novel that brings us into contact with the recurring American dramas of violence and retribution while summoning the beguiling voices of the past.’ Dominic Smith, author of the New York Times bestseller The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

‘Deserves to be considered a Gothic classic.’ The Saturday Paper

‘Schmidt writes thrillingly well.’ The Australian

‘[An] unforgettable debut … Equally compelling as a whodunit, ‘whydunit,’ and historical novel.’ Publishers Weekly

Schmidt’s writing is rich and confident, painting a vivid portrait of a household with something rotten at its core. It’s a strong debut that promises much from an original and compelling new voice in Australian literature. – The Guardian

Schmidt is a consummate storyteller whose account of the Borden murders is utterly compelling. – Australian Book Review

See What I Have Done is a meticulously researched and boldly imagined book that crackles with tension throughout. Schmidt’s portrayal of Lizzie is haunting and complex, a deeply psychological portrait that forces the reader to question their preconceptions about what women are capable of – for better and worse. Both disturbing and gripping, it is an outstanding debut novel about love, death and the lifelong repercussions of unresolved grief. – The Observer

Compelling and incredibly haunting – Australian Women’s Weekly

Believe the hype around this Australian authors debut novel. – Marie Claire

Melbourne-based author Sarah Schmidt’s first novel was 10 years in the making and it’s a cracker – GUARDIAN AUSTRALIA