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Book cover of A Week without Tuesday

A Week Without Tuesday is here!

The sequel to Finding Serendipity is here! It’s called A Week Without Tuesday and it’s launching Friday May 8th at the new (and beautiful) Moonah Arts Centre in Hobart. Everyone welcome. Book signings for our younger readers from 5.30pm. Fullers will be selling books, and signings are from 5.30pm – formalities at 6.30pm – followed […]

Hello USA!

Today is a great day! Our children’s book Finding Serendipity was published in the USA! This is the first in a series for primary school readers that I’ve co-authored with the wonderful Danielle Wood ( Finding Serendipity launched in Australia in 2013, Germany 2014 and now the USA in 2015. The first sequel will be […]

Bel Canto by Anne Patchett

From an occasional series of reviews in collaboration with the Islington Hotel to celebrate great writing and the discussion of literature. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett I have come to this book late in the scheme of things. Bel Canto won the Orange Prize and the Pen/ Faulkner Award in 2002. But somehow I missed it. […]

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of All Things – by Elizabeth Gilbert – the second in an occasional series for the beautiful Islington Hotel, Hobart. “From 19th century America to Tahiti and Europe, this is a novel of science and sensuality, intellect and exploration. It has all the grit and colour of Dickens, but the quiet control and social […]

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

The exquisite Islington Hotel in Hobart asked me if I’d like to write about books. So here is the first in a new monthly review of a book I’ve recently discovered and enjoyed. And stay tuned for more about books and writing at the Islington through winter … The Burgess Boys – by Elizabeth Strout My grandfather was […]

Middlemarch by George Eliot

I first picked up George Eliot’s Middlemarch when I was about 15. And put it down again after a page or two. Now, many years later, I decided to try again. (What can I say, I’m stubborn. I have come late to a few of the classics only to find that Catcher in the Rye, or […]

Sydney Writers Festival

A brief trip to Sydney for the Writer’s Festival was inspiring! Lawrence Krauss, particle physicist, reminded us that we are utterly insignificant in the trajectory of our flat universe. Strangely empowering. And the remarkable Kate Atkinson reminded me that you don’t have to be versed in the entire history of literature, history, politics and philosophy […]

Finding Serendipity launch

It’s like going from lap swimming to the ocean. Less boundaries, more creatures. Finding Serendipity was launched at Fuller’s Bookshop, Hobart to a wonderful mix of young and old on Saturday April 27th. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this happen – particularly my co-author Danielle Wood. It is wonderful to have finally […]