Tag Archives: Australia

Australian historical fiction reading list

(Whispering, so as not to jinx it) I am having a go at writing historical fiction set in Australia – specifically Melbourne and Queensland – in the second half of the nineteenth century. Mindful of the need to be a … Continue reading

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Review: Stay With Me

Stay With Me by Australian YA author Maureen McCarthy is narrated by Tess Browne, who has been living outside Byron Bay with her violent and abusive boyfriend, Jay, since she finished school. At the age of 21, a chance meeting … Continue reading

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Review: e-baby

e-baby, a new play by Australian journalist and cartoonist Jane Cafarella, does a brilliant job of laying bare the complex issues involved in commercial surrogacy arrangements, even when, as in this story about Australian IM (‘intended mother’) and American surrogate, … Continue reading

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Top 10 Crime Reads 2014

I was asked recently by the team at Radio National Books and Arts Daily to do a wrap-up of my Top 5 favourite crime reads for 2014. I’m sure I’m not the only author or reader for whom this is … Continue reading

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Baby Gammy Case Highlights Pitfalls of Surrogacy in Thailand

The baby Gammy case, which continues to make news headlines in Australia, raises issues germane to my PhD research on commercial surrogacy between Australia and Thailand. I have turned my reflections on the case into an article published by The Wheeler … Continue reading

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Review: Sweet One

Sweet One is a powerful novel that depicts white Australia’s conflict with black Australia as a frontier war that has never ended, at the same time daring to imagine a day when it might. Set in the Western Australian goldfields, … Continue reading

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Murder and Mayhem in Translation

I had the great pleasure of joining a panel with French crime writer Dominique Sylvain and Italian Carlo Lucarelli as part of Murder and Mayhem in Translation, convened by Monash University. Through interpreters, Sylvain and Lucarelli described how they came to … Continue reading

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Tin Can Mail and the drive to communicate

Today I delivered a letter to my father Haydn Savage that his father Leslie Savage had written to him almost 75 years ago. I planned to write this up as an example of the enduring power of the written word. But … Continue reading

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