book reviews

Say it out loud – extraordinary voice in fiction and memoir

It’s hard to explain what is meant by a distinctive voice in fiction – after all, every voice is distinctive in its own way. But when you come across a book with a strong voice, you recognise it immediately. My two latest reads are both ones I could ‘hear.’ The first, The Shepherd’s Hut by… Continue reading Say it out loud – extraordinary voice in fiction and memoir

Book Reviews, General Ramblings

Amanda Lohrey’s ‘The Labyrinth’ and making things by hand

All the animals at Berlin's Anoha museum are handmade from recycled objects by various Berlin artists The cure for many ills, noted Jung, is to build something, and this is the epigraph and theme of Amanda Lohrey’s atmospheric novel, The Labyrinth (Text). It’s my second read by a Tassie author this month and further proof… Continue reading Amanda Lohrey’s ‘The Labyrinth’ and making things by hand

book reviews, General Ramblings, writing community

Reading, watching, listening

The City Kino in Wedding Reading is what fuels my writing, and possibly since deleting my Twitter account I’ve gotten back into it big time. Here are a few books I’ve adored recently.How to End a Story by Helen GarnerOof. Helen Garner’s account of her marriage breakdown to 'V'. Beautiful writing, as always, and so… Continue reading Reading, watching, listening

Book News

The Night Village on the Readings Books list of best crime fiction of 2021

Thanks to Readings Books for adding The Night Village to their list of the best crime books of 2021 - their resident crime reader and bookseller Fiona Hardy (who is also an award-winning author) wrote a wonderful review of The Night Village for Books & Publishing right before it came out, which got it off… Continue reading The Night Village on the Readings Books list of best crime fiction of 2021

Book Reviews

Red Comet – The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark

Sylvia Plath lived her short life at break-neck, ravenous speed – she was a star student who went from Smith College to a nervous breakdown to Cambridge University as a Fulbright Scholar, where she met her future husband, the poet Ted Hughes, then back to the USA and then to Devon and London where she… Continue reading Red Comet – The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark

Writing tricks

Why leaving a place is good for your writing

‘My dad says that being a Londoner has nothing to do with where you’re born. He says that there are people who get off a jumbo jet at Heathrow, go through Immigration waving any kind of passport, hop on the tube and by the time the train’s pulled into Piccadilly Circus they’ve become a Londoner.’… Continue reading Why leaving a place is good for your writing