Books

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THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M.L. Stedman

In ancient Roman mythology, there is a god named Janus. The god of beginnings and endings, transitions and time. He looked into the future and the past, and symbolised the change undertaken when people grow up and…

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The great disappointment… Or why I can’t bring myself to say …

After the debacle that was the Twilight phenomenon, I can honestly say I was reluctant to venture into the world of the Hunger Games trilogy. Dubbed the ‘new Twilight’, Suzanne Collins’ books and film seem to produce…

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Farewell to the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards

Disclaimer: due to the nature of my profession, these views are entirely my own and in no way represent the views of my employer. Any of you based in Queensland, or who follow people in…

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MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND by Matthew Green

In 2004, Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. In 2005, Jonathan Safran Foer published his second novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.…

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THE LOVER’S DICTIONARY by David Levithan

love, n. I’m not going to even try. Earlier this week I read the most exquisite novel. David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary is an ambitious and perfectly executed love story about a relationship gone awry. What makes…

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UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS by Portia de Rossi

Shared experiences are one of the greatest things about the human condition. No matter how troubled you are and how alone you feel, there is someone willing to listen, to care, to help, to remind…

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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

The original 1960 cover Like any other form of artistic expression, there are ‘fad’ themes in writing. Without doubt supernatural stories are all the rage at the moment; full of vampires, werewolves and witches, the…

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PWF Highlights (part 2 of 2)

I can’t believe a whole week has passed by since Perth. Time seems to move by so quickly, and I would like to apologise for taking so long to get the second instalment of my Perth Writers…

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