The Sad Variety by Nicholas Blake

The things one finds on a quick search! Having tantalised you I’m going to talk about the book first before telling you what I’ve found. You can either be patient and read through or ignore it and skip to the bottom. The Book! This is a spy/kidnapping type story. Lucy, the eight-year-old daughter of Professor Wragby has been […]

F. Scott Fitzgerald and ebook pricing

What have these two topics got to do with each other? Not much in the general scheme of things but I’m going to talk about both of them anyway. F. Scott Fitzgerald Last night I found an article talking about a new release of Fitzgerald’s work. No, we don’t have a TARDIS, what they’ve done […]

George Orwell

You know what? I came across this article about George Orwell and how his name was really Eric Blair and how they’re building a statue to him outside BBC Headquarters and it made me think. While thinking I checked the catacombs and discovered while I’ve mentioned Orwell 13 times (some of these articles I’ve even […]

I want to give new authors a chance

I want to give new authors a chance, I really do but you’ve got to meet me halfway and have a decent book to give me. If there are too many problems I’m likely to spit the dummy and send you an email listing some of the problems I’ve noticed with a recommendation to get […]

Limmud Oz 2016

I’ve mentioned Limmud Oz before, it’s a weekend of learning for those interested in Jewish topics. It’s massive, for every lecture I attended there were generally another two or three I would have liked to have seen. Held in alternating years in either Sydney or Melbourne we have some world class speakers and some not so […]

Oz Comic Con and finally…

The panel with CS Pacat, Isobelle Carmody and Marianne de Pierres was interesting. They talked about a number of topics including getting published in Australia, how much work you need to do on your manuscript before submitting it to a publisher and their different journeys to publication. Carmody got her start when things were easier […]

Summary: Australian female authors by alphabet

While I have internet I’m taking the opportunity to do this summary for you. It should have appeared yesterday but that’s another story. A is for Debra Adelaide B is for Jesse Blackadder C is for Isobelle Carmody D is for Ursula Dubosarsky E is for Hazel Edwards F is for Mem Fox G is […]

Q is for Tarella Quin Daskein

Thanks to some friends I’ve now got an author for Q. Tarella Quin Daskein often published under her maiden name of Tarella Quin. You might know of her good friend and illustrator, Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Quin wrote many fairy stories. They number amongst the best in Australian literature at the time. Her works were carefully detailed and […]

Friday Photos at OzComicCon

My software began working again today but I’m still going to leave Friday Photos. For this last official day of Friday Photos I’m giving you some shots from Oz Comic Con but I’ll put all the rest on Instagram for you, loading them a few at a time to tease and tantalise and make me feel as […]

Z is for Fay Zwicky

Poetry is an interesting creation. It’s something I have issues with but also great admiration for anyone who can write it. Fay Zwicky has spent more than 60 years writing poetry and in 2005 the committee of the Patrick White Award decided her efforts had not been recognised appropriately. When they rang Zwicky thought it was a hoax, […]