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. 

Secret Scripture

The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry I loved this book. It is beautifully written and even though so much of it is utterly tragic, I wish I hadn't finished it. Another wonderful book from an Irish writer.

The Lacuna

The Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver I nearly put this book aside on several occasions during the first half because I just couldn't get into it.I really enjoyed the last third, although I'm more interested in reading the actual history of the times, than I enjoyed the novel.

The Paris Wife: A Novel

The Paris Wife - Paula McLain I thought the first half was slow. I much preferred the second half. I'd really like to be able to give it 3.5 stars.

Sea Hearts

Sea Hearts - Margo Lanagan Beautiful - extraordinary language and images.

The Hand That First Held Mine

The Hand That First Held Mine - Maggie O'Farrell I loved this book. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because the contemporary plot wasn't quite as gripping & I constantly wanted to go back to the 'past' because the characters & story were so engaging. But do read it!

The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes I'd like to give this book 4.5 stars. Not quite 'amazing', but better than 'I really liked it.'Beautiful writing.

Dancing Backwards

Dancing Backwards - Salley Vickers A very elegant book.

An Experiment in Love

An Experiment in Love - Hilary Mantel Still in awe of Hilary Mantel's writing, but this one didn't grab me the same way her books have. Still a much better read than average. 31/2 stars really.


The Women - T. C. Boyle This is such a fascinating story - Frank Lloyd Wright had an extraordinary personal life, but this book just didn't grab me. There are footnotes on every page (it's a novel)and to quote Noel Coward, "footnotes are like making love in an upstairs bedroom and having to go downstairs all the time to answer the door." Exactly.

Landscape of Farewell

Landscape of Farewell - Alex Miller A beautiful book, an extraordinary writer.

Beyond Black

Beyond Black - Hilary Mantel This is just an extraordinary book. Superbly written, but not an easy read. It's provocative, challenging and has a similar complexity of language as Wolf Hall & A Place of Greater Safety. It's readers book, if you get my drift. Will definitely re-read.

Razor : A True Story of Slashers, Gangsters, Prostitutes and Sly Grog

Razor : A True Story of Slashers, Gangsters, Prostitutes and Sly Grog - Larry Writer Amazing history, but no pole-dancing or fake tits, so I'm not sure how Channel 9 will make an Underbelly series out of it. Will be interesting to watch.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré Watched the Deathly Hallows Part 1 so am now returning to the beginning. I'd forgotten what an easy read the first books are.

Last Chance Saloon

Last Chance Saloon - Marian Keyes I like Marian Keyes. I think it's the Irish Accent. This book was grand, as she'd say. Entertaining and in no way thought provoking. Sometimes i need a bit of that.

Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky - Paul Bowles I know this is a classic, but I thought it was one of the most depressing books I've read for awhile. Incredibly slow beginning, unpleasant characters, but some very beautiful prose. So I admired it, but I didn't enjoy it or relish it. Glad to have finished it.


About a Boy - Nick Hornby i enjoyed this so much - the film's also a big favourite, that I'm going to embark on a Nick Hornby re -readathon. I love reading books set in North London!

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)