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Dealing with the unfamiliar in Lockdown #2

Melbourne emerged from a 10-week lockdown designed to ‘flatten the curve’ of COVID-19 infections on 1 June 2020. Life was starting to resemble something akin to normal, when a friend commented over (a socially distant) lunch that she felt like … Continue reading

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A novel virus

When I first starting reading about the emergence of a ‘novel coronavirus’, my first thought was, ‘What? Books can get it, too?’ To think, only weeks ago, I was able to make light of it. Since then, the virus now … Continue reading

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Reading Bingo 2019

It’s that time of year again: time to play Reading Bingo. For newcomers to this blog, Reading Bingo is a framework I use for reflecting on my year of reading. It’s a friendlier format for me than a ‘Best of…’ … Continue reading

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Books that changed me

Being a fan of the regular column, ‘Books that changed me’ in The Sunday Age, I was delighted to be invited to submit my own list, which I managed to whittle down from around 400 to four. This post originally … Continue reading

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I’d Like to Know What You’ve Learned*

Regular readers of this blog will know I’m a big fan of Margot Kinberg and her blog, Confessions of a Mystery novelist. Here I share Margot’s wonderful recent post on raising children who read.

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Six degrees of separation: Burial Rites

I’m taking part in a new meme for writers and book bloggers based on Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy’s 1929 short story ‘Chains’ in which he coined the phrases ‘six degrees of separation’. Each month, WA writers/bloggers Annabel Smith and Emma … Continue reading

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The Book Q&A

I was tagged by Jo Case to answer this fulsome Book Q&A; Jo’s answers are here. I’m following Jo’s example: if you’d like to take part, consider yourself tagged. (And come back and leave a link to your quiz responses in … Continue reading

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Hard Labour starts to pay off

There are times when maintaining a blog is a drag, a necessary evil for a fiction writer who would frankly rather spend her precious time writing fiction. Times when I struggle to find something interesting to blog about. Other times … Continue reading

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On being a writer and mother

‘I felt guilty but I still put my art and my life in front of my family.’ So says artist John Wolseley of his decision to leave England and his two small sons to move to Australia to paint (GoodWeekend, … Continue reading

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Review: In Her Blood

‘Everyone is hooked on something,’ says the back cover blurb of Annie Hauxwell’s debut novel In Her Blood. I quickly became hooked on this novel. That said, I don’t believe the back cover blurb does it justice. Hauxwell herself offers … Continue reading

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