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Category Archives: Novels

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

Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute Library

The building contains a glass reading room with a collection of newspapers and early books that were bought to Ballarat* through the wealth amassed by the goldfields. The Institutes Library … Continue reading

December 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

Tim Pegler

Over the last few months I have been helping Ballarat Writers to prepare for the Ballarat Writers and Illustrators Festival for 2011. As part of this I have prepared by … Continue reading

August 31, 2011 · Leave a comment

Geraldine Brooks in Melbourne

Last week I went to see Geraldine Brooks in an event organised by Readers Feast bookstore. I am a big fan of Geraldine Brooks and it was fantastic to see … Continue reading

June 9, 2011 · Leave a comment

Geraldine Brooks

Last week Geraldine Brook’s new novel Caleb’s Crossing made it to number 1 on the Independent books top 10 list.* It was released on May 3. It’s fantastic that an … Continue reading

May 20, 2011 · 2 Comments

The Slap – Charaters, Themes or Both

I have just finished reading The Slap, and have been toying with the idea of blogging about it. For a while there I thought I was the only person who … Continue reading

April 20, 2011 · 5 Comments

Utopian Man by Lisa Lang

I’m in love with a novel, with a story and with a character. I’ve just finished Lisa Lang’s Utopian Man (published by Allen and Unwin 2010). I have written previously … Continue reading

February 6, 2011 · 5 Comments

Aussie YA fiction

I’ve recently been thrown back into the world of Young Adult (YA) novels. I am a fan, but I don’t often read them. But a few things in the last … Continue reading

January 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

Year of the Novel with Sallie Muirden

In 2010 I completed the Year of the Novel course at the Victorian Writers Centre. I have been meaning to write about it for some time, but I seem to … Continue reading

January 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

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