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Reading wrap up

I can’t believe that it has been so long since my last blog post. Over the last few years I’ve been caught up in all that a PhD demands, started … Continue reading

May 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Deborah Burrows – A Time of Secrets

On reading selfishly.   I’ve just finished reading Deborah Burrows’ A Time of Secrets, a novel that I picked up because…well…the cover caught my eye. So yes, I did judge a book … Continue reading

January 5, 2016 · 5 Comments

The Beautiful Room is Empty – Edmund White  

  On Genre expectations. The Beautiful Room is Empty has sat on my bookshelf for years. I finally decided to read it when I was researching the genre of Künstlerroman. … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Manuscript Assessment

Last month I hit two scary milestones – my baby turned 1 and started childcare, and my novel went out on its own for a manuscript assessment. The first day … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 4 Comments

Place as Character – Toni Jordan Nine Days

 I’ve seen Toni Jordan speak at quite a few events, and I was fortunate enough to hear her again towards the end of last year at the Ballarat Mechanics Institute. … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

A quick fling or a long-term relationship?

Over the past few months I’ve had some success with some short stories and poetry I’ve written. It’s been a really invigorating time for my writing and I can’t help … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Mint Lawn – Gillian Mears

I have a confession to make. It has taken me 5 months to read Gillian Mears’ The Mint Lawn. In that time Mears has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin … Continue reading

October 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Pines Hold Their Secrets

Jill Blee’s historical fiction always grabs a reader early because of its setting, and The Pines Hold Their Secrets is no exception. Set on Norfolk Island when it was a … Continue reading

February 29, 2012 · 6 Comments

The art of the slow reveal

Morag Joss’ Puccini’s Ghosts has two of the most suspenseful literary tropes – the slow reveal and the unreliable narrator. And when it’s the unreliable narrator who’s divulging the slow … Continue reading

December 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

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