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Taking a break

My mother died this morning, so I am taking a break for a while.
I will be back when I feel up to it.

PS I am reading your kind thoughts because they come through on my email, but am a bit too weepy to reply right now. Thank you all

Australian Literary Fiction

And the winner of the 2015 Melbourne Prize for Literature is....

I’m just home from the awards presentation for the 2015 Melbourne Prize for Literature!  It was a splendid occasion, a great gathering of Melbourne’s literary community, and definitely a night to remember. 281 more words

Australian Literature

Charades, by Janette Turner Hospital

UQP have reissued some treasures in their Modern Classics series: there are six so far, noticeably all by female authors – Gillian Mears, Olga Masters (see my review of… 1,094 more words


Sensational Snippets: Charades, by Janette Turner Hospital

Over the past few months, I have been making a scrapbook about what my mother means to me, and as scrapbookers know, the art of scrapbooking involves the careful selection, cropping, placement and embellishment of photographs, many of which are merely snapshots taken a long time ago.  215 more words

Australian Literature

Locust Girl, by Merlinda Bobis

Locust Girl is such an exciting find, I hardly know where to start…

Bobis has written an astonishing allegory, one that grew, surely, out of those infamous words:  641 more words


Forever Young, by Steven Carroll

Forever Young is the fifth in Steven Carroll’s ‘Glenroy’ novels, and I think it is a novel best read as part of the set.  It’s perhaps possible to read it without having read its predecessors, but IMO the characters of Michael and Rita need the back stories of the other novels to become truly ‘alive’. 1,225 more words


Penguin and the Lane Brothers, by Stuart Kells

You know those folksy little credits on the back of Popular Penguins?

They don’t mention Richard Lane, do they?  Penguin and the Lane Brothers, The Untold Story of a Publishing Revolution  929 more words