Selling Books for Introverts

When I was 19 I had a job selling cleaning products door to door. The product was called Dussall (or was it Duzzall?) because it does all. I hated it. I travelled as far west at Mt Isa and as far north as Emerald living in motels and turning up cold turkey and saying 'have … Continue reading Selling Books for Introverts

Pocket Bookclub get clucky and talk polio

The Golden Age by Joan London is a novel set 1950's Perth. The Golden Age was an old pub repurposed to care for children with polio. Frank Gold, the oldest resident is the child of Hungarian refugees and the book is in part about his parents' trauma and sense of being different in the big … Continue reading Pocket Bookclub get clucky and talk polio

Easter and Stories of Rebirth

  Thanks to the goddess Inanna that summer is over. The final arrival of our brief Autumn must be how people in cold climates feel when Spring bursts open. I feel invigorated and, energetic.  Summer is sooo exhausting. No coincidence perhaps that it is also Easter, a celebration of rebirth and for the northern hemisphere, Spring.   … Continue reading Easter and Stories of Rebirth

Why I am a Feminist

Do you know in what year the Queensland Government was not longer able to discriminate against married female teachers? Think about a little while, have an educated guess and I will tell you at the end of this post. The other dreaded F word. Feminism. I am a feminist because the man who did the … Continue reading Why I am a Feminist

Alternative Endings

One of the coolest things EVER was when I saw 28 Days Later in the cinema. When I was at boarding school, our head mistress, the legendary Mrs Peggy Given took us to see Gandhi. This was a big deal. We never got taken to the actual cinema. Anyhow, like a typical bunch of teenagers, we … Continue reading Alternative Endings

Six degrees of separation: Room to Peter Pan

  I have been so keen to play #6 degrees but every month the date catches up with me every time. I have tried to prepare but it still almost caught me out. For real this time. I have read Room by Emma Donahue several times. I think it is a great example of a child as … Continue reading Six degrees of separation: Room to Peter Pan

Pretty Baby, Ugly Baby and book reviews

Have you ever seen an ugly baby? I was never one of those clucky women who melted at the sight of a baby. But, I don't think I have ever seen an actual ugly baby. As I have been comparing the publishing and writing process to being pregnant and giving birth, the next logical analogy … Continue reading Pretty Baby, Ugly Baby and book reviews