Read Write Read

I read, I write and then I read some more. Repeat process.

My words have been heard on TV and seen in newspapers and magazines. My first novel will be published April 2014 by Random House Australia. 

Lola Bensky

Lola Bensky - Lily Brett

I've always been a fan of Lily Brett. Her writing is sharp, witty, moving and uncompromising. And Lola Bensky is all of this, yet it wasn't one of my favourites. I 'm not even sure why, but it didn't grab me. Most of her novels draw me in, even when I'm despairing at the cruelty of much she writes about. Maybe I just felt too much of this was territory she's already explored and I didn't gain any new insights. 

If you haven't read Lily Brett, she is the daughter of Auswitchz survivors and the impact this has on them and her as a child of death camp  survivors is ever present in her novels. 

I'd encourage anyone to read Lily Brett because she is a formidable writer.


Amber Road - Boyd Anderson



There's only one Gone With the Wind. And that's really the way it should stay. I had a love/hate relationship with this book - it's huge at over 500 pages & it could definitely have done with a solid pruning and it's not a great work of literature, but I still wanted to finish it & find out what happened to the characters, even though if you've read or seen Gone With The Wind it will come as no surprise. And unfortunately, Victoria and Joe just don't have the same charm or illicit the same sympathy as Scarlett and Rhett. But a great idea to set it in this place and time. 

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Burial Rites

Burial Rites - Hannah Kent Prose as crisp and stark as a Northern Winter landscape, but an engrossing story of relationships. Remarkable debut novel.

Salvage the Bones: A Novel

Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward The characters in this book lived for me. I was frightened for them, by them and felt incredible pain for them. Extraordinary passages that build and build like the coming hurricane. Stayed up way to late reading it to the end.

Never Let Me Go (Vintage International)

Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro This book haunted me whilst I was reading it. It drew me in & I wanted to finish it, but I didn't want it to end.

Rosie Project

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion I really, really really enjoyed this book. Amazed that such a potentially unsympathetic lead character makes such a wonderful romantic lead! Witty, clever - I smiled the whole way through>

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

The Sound of One Hand Clapping - Richard Flanagan Beautifully written, but incredibly sad & occasionally oppressive in it's bleakness.

Vanished Years

Vanished Years - Rupert Everett Sadder than his first memoir, but still wonderfully written. A book of love and loss.

The End of the Affair

The End of the Affair - Graham Greene Beautiful, sad, extraordinary.


Home - Marilynne Robinson No doubt it's extraordinarily well-written, but it is so heavy-going. Just not enjoyable.


A Sort Of Life - Graham Greene I really enjoyed this book, much so I'm about to start reading The Quiet American.

The Orphan Master's Son

The Orphan Master's Son - Extraordinary book.

Pasteur's Gambit

Pasteur's Gambit - Stephen Dando-Collins I enjoyed this fascinating history of rabbits, Louis Pasteur, his nephew,Henry Parkes & Sarah Bernhardt. I've realised that corruption, subterfuge & self- interest has a long history in NSW!

Nine Days

Nine Days - Toni Jordan I haven't read a book this quickly for ages. I was completely caught up in the family's story - told with Toni Jordan's warmth, humour and wonderful storytelling. I did a workshop with her at the Writers' Festival & learnt so much from her. A very generous teacher/writer.

The Widow And Her Hero

The Widow And Her Hero - Thomas Keneally This should have been so much better. A really interesting subject, but an incredibly dull read until about the last 20 pages.

Currently reading

Sweet Tooth
Ian McEwan
Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?
Raymond Carver
Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Ana Juan, Catherynne M. Valente
The Physiology of Taste: Or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, M. F. K. Fisher (Translator), Bill Buford (Introduction)