Queen of Clean
Shannon Lush is never stumped for an answer to a domestic disaster. Loved by her loyal ABC Radio audience, Shannon Lush became a national celebrity in December 2005 with the publication of her first book Spotless: Room by Room Solutions to Domestic Disasters, co-written with Jennifer Fleming.
Speedcleaning: A Spotless House in just 15 minutes a day, also co-written with Jennifer, followed in October 2006. Both books raced into the top 10 within a few days of hitting the stores. Since the release of Spotless, major stories and interviews with Shannon have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country and she has made dozens of TV appearances.
Shannon Lush is now a regular guest expert on 14 ABC Radio programs around Australia and on Radio NZ in New Zealand and is a columnist for a number of magazines and newspapers. She appears regulalrly on Channel Nine's Today Show to offer domestic advice and is creating a television series for the Lifestyle Channel.
Rights for Spotless and Speedcleaning have been purchased by UK publishers and the books are to be released there and in most of Europe this year. And a stain solver wheel, the first product in Shannon and Jennifer's Home Palette merchandise range, will be available in March 2007. Spotless was the number one bestselling book in Australia in 2006, with more than 380,000 copies sold.
Speedcleaning has sold nearly 100,000 copies in just four months. Both titles remain firmly on the bestseller lists in 2007.
About Shannon Lush:
Shannon Lush is a fine arts restorer who can fix anything from an expensive antiquity to a favourite aunt's vase. Shannon has been an experimenter and an entrepreneur since early childhood. She learnt about chemical reactions from her father who was an engineer, artist, builder and inventor.
At the age of eight, she sold her artwork to school classmates so they could enter art competitions! She soaked up all the trick, tips and techniques passed on by her grandmother and her teachers and used them in later years to forge a career.
Embroidery and stitching skills earned her a living as a teenager when embroidering denim was popular. And she went on to learn every craft she could including ceramics, glass, leadlighting, painting, sculpture, working with metals and making jewellery.
Shannon's move into ceramics opened up a whole new world. She won several awards and set up a makeshift shop at the bottom of her sister's house. One day a woman came in with damaged ceramic and asked her to repair it - the job was the beginning of a career in restoration
"When I look at anything antique I see the tracks of hands that have moved over it. I've always loved books on handy hints, particularly old ones. I test any handy hint I come across. No matter what it is, I'll give it a go."