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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


Caleb's Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks has a new book coming out next month, so it was high time I read her last one, which has been sitting patiently on my shelves since I rushed to buy it four years ago in 2011.   1,306 more words

21st Century

The House Always Wins; but you should play anyway.

I enter writing competitions. Only a few, just the ones I feel are reputable* and have a focus on Australian literature. I know I won’t win (although I’ve been shortlisted a few times) but I enter anyway. 610 more words

Three Cheers for the Paraclete, by Thomas Keneally

Three Cheers for the Paraclete is the latest in my quest to read and review all the Miles Franklin winners; it was Thomas Keneally’s second win, in 1968, and that win remains remarkable for being the only time the judges have awarded the prize to an author two years in succession.  1,473 more words


Earth, by Bruce Pascoe

As I wrote on my professional blog when reviewing his YA novel Fog a Dox on my LisaHillSchoolStuff blog, Bruce Pascoe, of Bunerong-Tasmanian heritage, is an award-winning indigenous author, editor and compiler of anthologies.  1,480 more words


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