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Australian Classic: Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park

I decided to revisit a story of my childhood by reading Playing Beatie Bow, written by none other than the late and esteemed Ruth Park (1977 Miles Franklin award winner for novel Swords and Crowns and Rings). I can still remember... Continue Reading →

Hope Farm by Peggy Frew

Peggy Frew is a master in the craft of 'show, don't tell'. I got a sense early on in the novel that something was brewing, perhaps ominously, but exactly what, alluded me. Set in an eighties hippie commune amongst a crowd... Continue Reading →

Australian Literature: Supporting Australian authors

I've attended a few writers' talks recently and enjoyed them greatly. It's wonderful to hear a writer speak about their work in person and I always come home having learned something new and inspiring. I've also been surprised to learn... Continue Reading →

Book review: Currawong Manor by Josephine Pennicott

Currawong Manor is a mystery novel set amongst the beautiful Blue Mountains of Australia at a historic homestead with an unsettling past. When Elizabeth is called to photograph her ancestors home for a new book, she is curious to learn... Continue Reading →

How I quit Facebook and regained my sanity

I have been Facebook clean for six months now. Six whole months! Completely cold turkey! There was no twelve step program. No support group. Not even a lousy t-shirt. Ok small confession, I need to post content to a business page as part... Continue Reading →


I have a secret. I go to the markets for nourishment. Amongst the piles of loved and long forgotten clothes, furniture and bric-a-brac I feel a sense of nostalgia that warms my soul. As the scent of old books and... Continue Reading →

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