Category Archives: Authors

Bookfest bonanza

One of the joys of January for me is the Lifeline Bookfest in Brisbane. This is one of the biggest second-hand book sales in the state of Queensland, and I came home loaded down with new reading. And some great … Continue reading

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The Rosie Project

Best-selling Australian author Graeme Simsion was kind enough to sign his second book, The Rosie Effect, for me last night. It was the second time I’d met Simsion. The first was last year at the Margaret River Readers and Writers … Continue reading

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Talking to Matthew Condon

Meeting a favourite author is always a thrill.  This week I had the pleasure of talking to Australian writer Matthew Condon, a prolific author of fiction and non-fiction books when he is not at his day job as a journalist … Continue reading

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To Kill A Mockingbird

My copy of Harper Lee’s classic has a $1.45 price tag still on it.  Now for my admission: it’s stolen. Or salvaged…as I prefer to think of it. The previous owner was my former sister-in-law, and the book is an … Continue reading

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Another loss: vale Rod McKuen

American poet and songwriter Rod McKuen has died in Beverly Hills, California, aged 81.  McKuen had huge commercial success but was often panned by the critics for his prolific poetry. I can’t remember who introduced me to his work as … Continue reading

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RIP Colleen McCullough

Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough has died on Norfolk Island, aged 77. I was never a huge fan of McCullough’s books, although as a teenager I devoured every word of her most famous book, The Thorn Birds. I still have … Continue reading

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