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A Short History of Richard Kline, by Amanda Lohrey

Amanda Lohrey is a distinguished writer who hasn’t had as much attention as she deserves, which is perhaps one of the reasons she was awarded the Patrick White award in 2012.  ( 884 more words


The Well-dressed Explorer, by Thea Astley

As you will know if you have viewed the Opening Lines or my more recent Sensational Snippet, there is much to love about Thea Astley’s… 976 more words


Sensational Snippets: The Well-dressed Explorer, by Thea Astley

I was reminded recently that it’s been a while since I made any progress with my long-term project to read all the Miles Franklin winners, but it was no hardship to take Thea Astley’s  482 more words

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Isabelle of the Moon and Stars, by S.A. Jones

My apologies to those of you who saw an earlier draft of this review: I accidentally clicked Publish when I hadn’t finished writing it.

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Fear, Freedom, Fantasy, Reality ... Words Do have Power, but Writers Must be Allowed to Write!


This blog is about writing and promoting creative writing, but today I have to honour those writers and cartoonists who were murdered in Paris for doing what writers and cartoonists in a political magazine do:  challenge, confront, comment, lampoon and satirise authority, whether church or state, political or secular. 767 more words

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Navigatio, by Patrick Holland

Navigatio is an enchanting book.   Derived from an ancient text called the Navigatio, Patrick Holland’s novella is a retelling of the legendary voyage of St Brendan of Clonfert, and it follows the form of the Irish immram: 539 more words


Springtime, by Michelle de Kretser

I liked this playful little book.  Mildly provocatively, it plays up the Melbourne-Sydney rivalry, and it subverts its own genre.  It’s cunningly constructed so that the reader finds herself bemused and amused. 463 more words