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Guest blog Post: Penni Russon – Only, Ever, Always

Penni Russon is a fellow Allen and Unwin author who writes Young Adult fiction. I’m always on the lookout for fantastic YA writers because my daughter reads everything I put in front of her, including this wonderful book, Only Ever Always. Penni has also written three other books for Allen and Unwin’s GirlFriend Fiction.  …

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Guest Blog Post by Barry Nicholls: Not a Love Letter

On writing Barry Jarman’s biography by BARRY NICHOLLS Barry Jarman had coached me at Kensington and once foolishly claimed that I would play cricket for Australia. He was wrong but, on the other hand, he hadn’t only played Test cricket but had also worn a footy jumper for West Torrens, set up a well-known South…

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Guest Blog: Charlotte Wood on her new book, Animal People

  Between harvest, shearing, edits for Purple Roads and writing Silver Gums, I’m thoroughly enjoying reading Charlotte Wood’s new Book, Animal People. It’s the topic for my talk with Barry Nicholls on ABC radio next week – I hope you enjoy her blog post.   ALTHOUGH I’ve lived in the city for more than twenty-five…

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Jennifer Byrne, Monica McInerney and Lola’s Secret!

I think you all know that Monica McInerney is one of my favourite authors. We’ve talked about At Home with the Templeton’s through the Book Club here. The Alphabet Sisters is an amazing book, based in a country town, in SA called Clare. I grew up an hour and a half north of Clare and…

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Colours of the rainbow… um, titles!

  A question I’m often asked is, ‘Why are there always colours in your book titles?’ It’s a question with many answers, but the main one for me is the colours of the land. This photo is a prime example – brilliant white sheep against dark, rich green grass and a fluorescent canola crop in…

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Guest Blog: Cathryn Hein

Rural Lit is the fastest growing genre in Australia at the moment and I’m really proud to be a part of it. Today I’m bringing you the newest author on the scene, Cathryn Hein and her book Promises. I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve heard nothing but good reports about it. When I’m in…

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Interview: Tony Park

I was so lucky to meet Tony while in Perth recently. We discovered a mutual love of Michael Connelly’s writing and talked the craft of writing. It was so exciting to listen to what Tony had to say. Fleur: Welcome to the amazing author Tony Park. Tony has published over eight fiction novels plus a…

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How do you read?

Reading has always been my escape. It’s not often I walk out the front door without a book, just in case I get caught behind a mob of slow moving sheep or I’ve got a spare five minutes waiting for a truck. I can read most places – in a busy cafe, noisy sheep yards…

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Bookshelves part 2

My last blog about Bookshelves was a huge hit. Obviously it resonated with a lot of you guys out there and so it should – it’s a really important subject! Here’s some more authors and friends that take their bookshelves as seriously as I do! Helene Young: Order my book shelves? That would take time…

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Bookshelves

To me, bookshelves are a massive talking point when you go to someone’s home. It’s where I gravitate to, after I’ve kissed the hostess hello and collected my glass of wine. The rest of them can go and do what they want, but I head to the bookshelves! The way they are arranged are intensely…

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Guest blog: Jo Hart

Poor Jo! She’s been waiting for me to put this blog up for nearly two weeks and I’ve been rather slack! Jo has her short story in Australian Literature: A Snapshot in 10 Short Stories and that was how we hooked up, as mine is in there too. Here she talks about her story, daily…

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Mist and Mystery

I’ve loved all of Enid Blyton’s books, since I’ve been able to read them. I still enjoy going back and spending time in amongst the pages now. I love the fact I can read them in about half an hour and still get as much enjoyment out of them, as I did when I was…

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Picnic at Hanging Rock

Aussie Author month, is really quite exciting! It made me go back and think of all the books I loved as a child and young adult. The sad thing about this, is most of the books I used to read, were by overseas authors – at the time, I just knew what I liked to…

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Aussie Author Month

April marks the start of Aussie Author Month. It’s the brain child of my web guru, Nyssa and two of her fellow book lovers, Kat from Book Thingo and Ali and Rosie at Fangtastic It’s a pretty exciting thing to be involved in. After reading Helene Young’s blog about Snugglepot and Cuddle Pie and Bronwyn…

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The Magic of Book Stores

Very rarely do I wade into the waters that could  potentially be a mine field, however… News of the REDgroup going into voluntary administration, although not unexpected, has placed the publishing world in limbo. Whether or not the reports in the media are a true reflection of the industry remains to be seen, but as…

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Raising money for Queensland

Katrina Germein, Emily Gale, Kate Gordon and I have got together to raise money for the QLD Flood victims. I don’t know about you, but I’ve stood in front of the TV crying at the images and feeling so completely helpless. I couldn’t volunteer with the clean up, from down at the bottom of WA!…

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Christmas Cheer

Christmas is an important time for families to be together, laugh together, eat together. It can seem that in the busyness if life, the all important family time gets eroded. That’s why Christmas is so special for our family – we all try and get together. We love making people smile over the Christmas period…

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More book recommendations!

Here are ten reasons that books make the best Christmas presents: 10. Books don’t need to be assembled. 9. Books don’t need batteries. 8. Books don’t come in the wrong color or size. 7. Books are easy to gift wrap. 6. Books don’t go out of style. 5. Books aren’t noisy. 4. Books can be…

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