Category Archives: Fiction

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 Girl on the Train

Long flights demand a really riveting read. The book I had started before a recent overseas trip was not quite capturing my attention, so at the airport on my return journey I bought a book I’d seen recently that looked … Continue reading

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Say You’re Sorry

Crime writer Michael Robotham has published 11 novels, but this is the first one I’ve read. It probably won’t be the last. Say You’re Sorry is written in the voice of Piper Hadley, a teenage girl who has been missing … 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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My holiday read: The Burning Room

With a 10 day break over Easter, I was looking for something relaxing and easy to read and my travelling companion provided just the thing: the latest Harry Bosch novel, The Burning Room, released last year. I’ve become a fan … 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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Love in the Time of Cholera

A good title will get me every time.  And so it was with Love in the Time of Cholera.  I had never heard of Gabriel Garcia Marquez when I bought this book on a whim, after seeing it on a … 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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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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The Mayor of Lexington Avenue

There’s nothing quite like a good crime novel to read over the holidays, and I picked this one from my sister’s bookcase while visiting her over Christmas. Although I’ve read a lot of crime fiction, I’d never heard of author … Continue reading

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