Coming to you live from the 2012 Perth Writers Festival

Thanks to some incredibly cheap Brisbane to Perth airfares and an overwhelming feeling of wanderlust, I am currently over 4000km from home and gearing up to attend the first day of the Perth Writers Festival.…

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THE TESTIMONY by Halina Wagowska

I’m the kind of person who cries watching sad advertisements, so as a general rule I tend to steer clear of tear-jerking non-fiction. With that said, my Polish heritage has created a significant interest in…

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THE ICE PRINCESS by Camilla Lackberg

I found it strange that while I was reading this, Brisbane went through one of the coldest snaps in June (2011) in over 90 years. The story moves between Fjallbacka and Goteborg in Sweden and…

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THE CHEMISTRY OF DEATH by Simon Beckett

Thank goodness for British authors. With all due respect to authors of different nationalities, as they all have excellent qualities, there’s just something special about British crime fiction. In 2011 I introduced myself to two…

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THE WOMAN IN BLACK by Susan Hill

When I was in high school, there was one word that sent shivers down my spine… discourse. It’s a dirty, horrible word that English teachers adore. The word seemed to work its way into every…

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THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

Increasingly I feel like life has lost its magic. As a kid, make-believe and fairy tales are real, and the impossible feels possible. But sadly and inevitably as we grow up, reality kicks in and…

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What’s in the purple cup?

  In Australia, specifically in Brisbane where I come from, we’re lucky to have two premier tea stores that take their trade seriously – T2 and the Tea Centre. Many people have their opinions about…

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BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP by S J Watson

Every now and then a novel comes along and completely revolutionises your favourite genre. A few years ago Stieg Larsson did just that with the amazing The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and I would like to…

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