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My Top 12 Australian Books

Today the lovely Kim of Reading Matters posted a list of ten books written by Australian authors she loves in honour of Australia Day. So I asked if I could copy her. 2,387 more words

Random Savidgeness

Melbourne, Australia: Chlorine and Rock & Roll

“We talked about things I had never talked about before: what it meant to be alive in 1975”

I grew up in the outer suburbs of Melbourne among rows of red brick and tile houses, with Skyhooks playing on the stereo and the smell of chlorine from backyard swimming pools. 1,145 more words


The Need is Still There: Monkey Grip

Monkey Grip by Helen Garner

1970s Fitzroy, Melbourne: Nora and Javo are trapped in a desperate relationship. Nora’s addiction is romantic love; Javo’s is hard drugs. 328 more words

Literature / Fiction

This House of Grief – Helen Garner

Telling the tale of a court case of Robert Farquharson, an Australian man on trial for killing his three sons. The undisputed facts are that the car that Robert Farquharson was driving ended up in the dam, the father escaped but the sons didn’t even make it out of the sunken vehicle. 726 more words

Books I Have Read

This Week in Books (December 2)

Hosted by Lypsyy Lost & Found my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I am reading this week. A similar meme is run by… 643 more words

Weekly Posts

Living a Dream - Day 16

Even dreams can turn nightmarish.

For the past fifteen days the words have been in flood. My pens keep running out of ink and my second notebook is almost full. 332 more words


A blessing of awards for Australian crime fiction

In the interests of full disclosure I should admit that the collective noun ‘blessing’ apparently applies to unicorns but since I’m not convinced fictional creatures should get a noun all of their own I thought I’d borrow it for my purpose. 464 more words