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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


Book Review -- Monkey Grip (1977) by Helen Garner

This review is part of the No Man’s Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. 983 more words


Helen Garner is a legend.

I am only in my mid-forties but each year I like my reflection less. I have to remind myself, almost daily, that ageing is a… 785 more words

Monkey Grip

This Australian classic, Helen Garner’s first novel, is incredible.  Tight, poetic, rambling, confronting, beautiful and so sensuous.  This book grabbed me tight and pulled me in from the very first. 547 more words

Dystopia and Drug Gripes

Had a first for me at this month’s book club in which I flat out hated one of the choices. This was more controversial because the book in question is considered a classic on these shores, and my somewhat fervent criticism surprised a few people. 821 more words

Book Club

Tell it like it tis

An update, for those of you who were waiting with bated breath: That bookstore in the Poconos did not let me down. I’ll stop being coy about it now and tell you, the shop is called Sellers Books & Fine Art and it’s located on the main street (one of only two streets) of Jim Thorpe, PA, a tiny, unusual town of gothic Victorian buildings cut into the side of a mountain. 806 more words