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Living a Dream - Day 17

Robert Dessaix’s latest book is called ‘What are days for?’ That question keeps popping up in my mind every day here. When I’m climbing up the old stone stairways worn in the middle from centuries of footsteps. 275 more words


A Mother's Disgrace

I have this thing that memoirs should be about people with interesting lives. No; I think that the best memoirs are about people with interesting lives. 359 more words


VIDEO: Robert Dessaix on life, love and humbug

Robert Dessaix is a writer, translator, broadcaster and occasional essayist, responsible for the acclaimed memoirs A Mother’s Disgrace and As I Was Saying. He chats to Caroline Baum about his latest book… 151 more words

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Damon Galgut's Arctic Summer

Damon Galgut, Arctic Summer (Atlantic Books 2014)

After Howard’s End was published, E M Forster began another novel named Arctic Summer, but never finished it. 774 more words


BOOK REVIEW: What Days Are For by Robert Dessaix (Review by Caroline Baum)

Robert Dessaix knows his readers better than almost any other writer in Australia. He has met many of them personally at festivals over many years after developing an intense intimacy with them as a radio broadcaster. 480 more words

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Sydney Writers Festival, 2014

In 2013, and now 2014, my sister and I took a day off work to go and see some events at the Sydney m festival. Perhaps this is our new tradition, superseding the food safari days. 673 more words



I have had a long-standing habit of conducting conversations with famous dead people. It started in early childhood. While other children had imaginary playmates, children they made up and who were much like themselves, my imaginary playmates (although we never played, only talked) were abducted from the novels I read – obvious ones like the boy in the wheelchair in The Secret Garden and less obvious ones like King Arthur. 810 more words