Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett

Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett

Wow! I can't write a review of this novel in my usual way so this is more of a 'reflection'. That's because of the emotions this story stirred. As a reader, I was completely captivated. And heartbroken. I forgot I was a writer. I only wish I could write a book...

‘Sea Dog Hotel’, by Marlish Glorie

‘Sea Dog Hotel’, by Marlish Glorie

Sea Dog Hotel was self-published late last year by Western Australian author Marlish Glorie. Don't let the fact it was self-published put you off -- this work has been professionally and thoroughly edited so it presents as if from a publishing house. Anyone who has...

Back in the Attic

Back in the Attic

Well, it was nice to get out of the attic and roam around Tassie for a while: we hauled backpacks through Cradle Mountain National Park, then visited the sights in and around Hobart. My family then left and I spent six days alone in the northeast of Tassie,...

Tribute to a Sister

Tribute to a Sister

This piece was first published as a series on my blog in September, 2013, which I've edited and pulled together to make this essay.  After my sister died in 1987, I wanted to write about her and her death, but it has taken me over 25 years. There were many...

AWW 2013 CHALLENGE WRAP-UP

AWW 2013 CHALLENGE WRAP-UP

I was late joining the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2013, not starting until May, but I signed on for the Franklin level anyway -- to read ten books written by female Australian authors and review at least six of them -- and managed to complete it. I...

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain

I've been off-line lately whilst we've been on holiday. Not that I would call what we've done 'relaxing'. Far from it. But we completed something that we’ve always wanted to do: the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair Overland Track in Tasmania. Let’s show the kids a...

Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories

So, Christmas is over and the night has now claimed Boxing Day, too. Ah, Boxing Day, my favourite day of the year. I feel as if I can now exhale: the rush and stress of Christmas is behind me and the holidays can truly begin. I love the day so much, I could...

What is Left Over, After, by Natasha Lester

What is Left Over, After, by Natasha Lester

I recently finished reading Natasha Lester’s ‘What is Left Over, After’ (Fremantle Press, 2010). The story opens in Sydney, with 36-week pregnant Gaelle, a fashion photographer, about to have an emergency caesarian. It then skips ahead to a few months after the birth,...

Bittersweet

Bittersweet

It's that time of the year, busy with Christmas preparations, end-of-school services, speech days, and a graduation: Our eldest has finished school. Hard to believe, really, as I still think of our family as looking like this: But no, this isn't us anymore. Somewhere...

When We Remember They Call Us Liars, by Suzanne Covich

When We Remember They Call Us Liars, by Suzanne Covich

‘When We Remember They Call Us Liars’ is Suzanne Covich’s memoir of her childhood in 1960s rural Tasmania – a childhood clouded by poverty, alcoholism, violence, and by sexual abuse at the hands of her father. The prose is tightly packed, honest and gut-punching. No...

Launch of Jukebox

Launch of Jukebox

As of yesterday, it is official: I am a published author. I must say, I felt thrilled and anxious at seeing my words in print for the first time. Thrilled because I want people to read what I've written, but anxious because people can read what I've written,...

Invitation to Book Launch

Invitation to Book Launch

LAUNCH OF 'JUKEBOX', OOTA's 2013 Anthology Sunday, 10th November,  1.00 - 4.00pm Pavlich Room, Fremantle Arts Centre.  Launched by Bruce Russell. Includes readings from contributors, drinks and finger food. Cost of book is $20.00. We are also...

A soft toy murder mystery …

A soft toy murder mystery …

Last night, Rupert, joey of Rowena the toy kangaroo, was badly mauled and mutilated. By the time we found him, he had severe facial trauma and half an ear missing. My plastic surgery skills weren't up to the task, so unfortunately, we had to pronounce Rupert dead....

Finding Jasper, by Lynne Leonhardt

Finding Jasper, by Lynne Leonhardt

Finding Jasper is Lynne Leonhardt’s first novel and the first novel-length book published by Margaret River Press. The story centres around Gin (Virginia), the youngest of the three generations of Partridge family women whose stories are portrayed – Gin's mother,...

Reflections of a Breast Physician

Reflections of a Breast Physician

I worked as a breast physician in a breast clinic for seven years. We screened women at high-risk of developing breast cancer, investigated those with breast symptoms, and followed women up after their treatment for cancer. We met the women in the morning, took a...