Farewell to the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards

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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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PWF Highlights (part 1 of 2)

I embarked from Brisbane to my third writers festival on Thursday Feb 23, bound for the west coast and the beautiful city of Perth. Why would I travel so far for a few days of…

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THE LAST WEREWOLF by Glen Duncan

I’ll have to be honest with you, I was reading this book for a long time. I’d heard some incredibly promising things about it and was incredibly excited to read it, but it took a…

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