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Nightwalkers, by Siv Parker

Just yesterday on TV I caught a snippet of some bloke arcing up about what a terrible place Twitter was, full of shaming and other kinds of beastliness, and all I thought was, sorry, but you are hanging out with the wrong sort of Tweeters, and now you want us to buy your book about it.  472 more words


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Update #the next day

Many, many thanks to friends and fellow-bloggers that I have contacted who have taken the time and trouble to liberate my comments from their spam folders, #too many to name now, but you know who you are. 391 more words

Australian Literary Fiction

The Ballad of Desmond Kale, by Roger McDonald

Roger McDonald is an author whose work straddles the rise of the internet, so it’s his later work which tends to be reviewed online while reviews of his earlier work are hard to find.  1,438 more words


The Other Side of the World, by Stephanie Bishop

From the blurb for this second novel from Sydney writer Stephanie Bishop, I had thought I might identify with the protagonists, a Cambridge couple who migrate to Australia in the 1960s.  1,166 more words


Opening Lines: The Ballad of Desmond Kale, by Roger McDonald (2006)

I was part way through writing my review of Roger McDonald’s Miles Franklin Award-winning seventh novel, The Ballad of Desmond Kale, when I realised that I hadn’t posted its opening lines.  433 more words

Australian Literature

The Mind's Own Place, by Ian Reid

Having just recently re-read Roger McDonald’s masterpiece The Ballad of Desmond Kale, I found myself receptive to the idea of colonial Australia as a place of redemption in Ian Reid’s new novel, … 593 more words