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The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made

I remember my mum sitting down with me, clutching a book and giving me the ‘talk’. She hadn’t got far before I felt compelled to set her straight. I explained what I had figured out for myself: ‘Mum, the thing... Continue Reading →

Serial

Julie Snyder, the creator of the podcast phenomenon Serial, was utterly captivating during her Bingefest presentation at the Sydney Opera House on 18 December 2016. She took us on a whirlwind journey from Serial's first recording in the Koenig family's... Continue Reading →

Urban fantasy

Whilst investigating this relatively new and exceedingly broad sub-group of the fantasy genre, I was surprised by just how many novels I’ve unwittingly enjoyed from this category. When pitching to publishers for the first time last year, I found classifying... Continue Reading →

Buffy Bonanza

Movie marathons require pillows, snacks and the stamina to last the night with your eyes wide open. I think Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back was playing the last time I attempted one. I certainly never expected the Sydney Opera... Continue Reading →

Dirk Gently’s Weird Fun

Frodo Baggins (AKA Elijah Wood) was staring at me from Netflix holding a Corgie, so naturally I hit play. Eight episodes of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency later and I’m still wondering what on earth I’ve just seen. The multi... Continue Reading →

LOTR it’s not you, it’s me

'All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.'― J.R.R. Tolkien. I read Tolkien’s 1937 classic The Hobbit as a teenager and over the years I’ve tried and failed to conquer The Lord... Continue Reading →

Book club

Just like the cleverly crafted Motherhood rap from Fiat, I joined my book club ‘just so I could drink some wine’. Years later the company remains excellent but it’s less about the wine and more about our shared love of... Continue Reading →

The uninvited manuscript

You've typed 'The End'. You've pruned, perfected and polished your manuscript until it shines. You are done. It’s as good as you can make it. Hooray! So, now what? If you’re not an established author and/or you don’t have an... Continue Reading →

Jasper Jones

You could read Craig Silvey’s award-winning novel Jasper Jones from deep inside your freezer and still feel the oppressive heat of the Australian summer of 1965. There isn’t a single word wasted and every line rings true. Whether thirteen year... Continue Reading →

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