Author Archives: susan

QUICKSANDS

I have just read another book by Sybille Bedford – earlier this year, it was her novel, “Jigsaw”. This one “Quicksands: A Memoir” covered much of the same territory. Same, but different. Vivid and personal, even confessional. It is not … Continue reading

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SPOTTED

Spotted in Readings, Carlton and in the bookstore at Cairns airport.

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HOW BRIGHT

My new book, How Bright Are All Things Here, had its launch on Sunday. After feeling that I was about to face the guillotine for the past couple of weeks, my distress reached peak intensity just before the speeches began. … Continue reading

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ASK SIRI

I’ve just finished a couple of Siri Hustvedt books; a novel and a collection of essays. I’ve had Sorrows of an American for ages, but never read it. And within a few minutes, I was so absorbed that I knocked … Continue reading

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BREAK AWAY

I had a break in writing recently and took to making art pages in one 0f those cheap black spiral bound visual diaries. Here are a few.

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IT’S JUST LIKE A BOOK!

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BRIGHT FLARES

It seems that often my random reading continues a kind of conversation in my head. After writing my last post, on Tim Parks’ book, I’ve been thinking about thinking. The problem of too much thinking. Thinking when I’d rather not. … Continue reading

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WHERE I’M WRITING FROM

Tim Parks’ Where I’m Reading From is a collection of articles originally written for the New York Review of Books between 2010 and 2014. The introduction starts with a fusillade of questions. It’s time to rethink everything. Everything. What it … Continue reading

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BRIGHT

I read Nina Riggs’ The Bright Hour over an afternoon and evening; I literally couldn’t put it down. It wasn’t because of suspense; there was no ‘how will this story turn out’; there was never any doubt about the ending. … Continue reading

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CLOSING DOWN

Just finished Sally Abbott’s Closing Down. I was at a dinner party here in Castlemaine a couple of years ago when I met Sally for the first time. She was still finishing the book, with chapters flying to and fro … Continue reading

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