Paratalk or torque?

My new column, with a title that somehow makes sense. From now on until I stop I will be examining a paragraph in whatever detail I choose. This is also a good time for guests to pop in and do their own paragraph. Today I have a paragraph from Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The […]

Brumby Innes – Katharine Susannah Prichard

Brumby Innes – Katharine Susannah Prichard

Brumby Innes and Bid Me to Love by Katharine Susannah Prichard, Katharine Brisbane Published by Currency Press Pty Ltd on December 1st 1974 Pages: 160 Goodreads Two plays of 1927. Brumby Innes deals with the turbulent relations between the sexes and the races in NW Australia (3 acts, 9 men, 6 women), and Bid Me […]

Stuff around the traps

A topic on my mind, it’s been there for some time, is how is it possible to find a new story when so many books have been written about a particular topic. So much has been written about The Holocaust and I thought all the stories must have been told by now. Reading through this […]

Paratalk or torque?

My new column, with a title that somehow makes sense. From now on until I stop I will be examining a paragraph in whatever detail I choose. This is also a good time for guests to pop in and do their own paragraph. Today I’m looking at Dracula by Bram Stoker As we wound on […]

Barracuda – Christos Tsiolkas

Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas Published by Allen & Unwin on November 1st 2013 Pages: 516 Goodreads Fourteen-year-old Daniel Kelly is special. Despite his upbringing in working-class Melbourne, he knows that his astonishing ability in the swimming pool has the potential to transform his life, silence the rich boys at the private school to which he […]

Randomly Shelves or Something

My brilliantly aptly distractingly named new series continues. Where I randomly select two books from my shelves and attempt to find a link. I do not promise it will be a good link, only that it will be a link. It might be anything at all. One thing I do promise is that the link will not be […]

Terry Pratchett Guilty of Literature edited by Andrew M. Butler, Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn

Terry Pratchett: Guilty of Literature by Andrew M. Butler, Edward James, Farah Mendlesohn Published by Old Earth Books on August 1st 2004 Pages: 343 Goodreads Terry Pratchett is a publishing phenomenon. Every new book becomes a best-seller, and every book gains him more fans. Despite this — or perhaps because of it — he has […]

Murrumbeena Park Bowls

This week I was at the Murrumbeena Park Bowls in Gerald Street. I didn’t notice if the building was anything special and I’m kicking myself for not reading the names on the boards. Inside was quite nice with plenty of room. As many people know I’m in the middle of researching the history of my […]

Randomly Shelves or Something

My brilliantly aptly distractingly named new series continues. Where I randomly select two books from my shelves and attempt to find a link. I do not promise it will be a good link, only that it will be a link. It might be anything at all. One thing I do promise is that the link will not be […]

Down the Rabbit Hole: A Cautionary Tale by Karen J Carlisle

Down the Rabbit Hole: A Cautionary Tale. (Researching Viola Stewart’s Adventures.) Guest blog post by Karen J Carlisle. I’ve always loved researching, learning new little factoids and exciting titbits, especially when it was for my own satisfaction. It started with world-building when I ran D&D games in the early 80s and expanded into historical clothing […]