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Inspirational Women Writers lead to the Stella Prize
Judy Davis played Sybilla Melvyn in the 1979 film, My Brilliant Career When writing a short story about a family in Australia during the Great Depression, I recently found myself referencing, almost subconsciously,  books I’d read in early childhood.  Beatr...
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3 The Other Side of the World, Stephanie Bishop*
   Stephanie Bishop’s story of migration was originally published as, Dream England , a more layered and subtle title than, The Other Side of the World . Why was this changed? In fact, all through the novel, the sense of another hand at play suggests too mu...
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3 Inga Simpson, Where The Trees Were*
The Lachlan Valley, New South Wales      Canberra as setting was a novelty for me. I enjoyed the cycling along its thoroughfares and roundabouts, or circles, as they are called in the capital. I loved the bush descriptions too and related instantly to those...
3* Inga Simpson, Where The Trees Were
3* Inga Simpson, Where The Trees Were
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Does Evie Wyld really reveal the dark side of Australian masculinity?
There might be a few objections to this book being described as revealing "the dark side of Australian masculinity". What would the dark side of English masculinity look like? Fred West, Peter Sutcliffe? For me it was more about the girl, Jake, than her mal...
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Girls gone wild without a mother’s guidance
This review contains spoilers Salt Creek Lucy Treloar      Women dying far too young, either in childbirth or worn out from having too many children, is regularly visited in stories set anytime before reliable birth control was put in to women’s hands. Even...
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Girls gone wild without a mother’s guidance
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Peter Goldsworthy’s Darwin. Maestro's setting, vibrantly alive, is a character in its own right.
Darwin circa 1967 may seem an unlikely place for literary inspiration, but Peter Goldsworthy’s, Maestro , with its exotic setting and the emotions he attaches to it, is an irresistible combination. Music infuses the story and it is at a piano lesson, that t...
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Fever of Animals
Miles Allinson raises some interesting ideas in his novel, Fever of Animals. I particularly liked the theme of art and the artist and for me the strongest scene was when the young artist realises his own art is just not good enough and he will never make th...
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Jan Merry Eclectic Mix
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Writing as compulsion
    Writing is a compulsion for me, but where does that force within come from, I wonder. I’ve never tried to explain it before, but perhaps it stems from reading. Librarians and teachers of literacy often express a desire for youngsters to “discover the jo...
Writing as compulsion
Writing as compulsion
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