Author Archives: susan

MAISIE DOBBS

Book? Cover? You’re not supposed to judge, but of course I do. The Maisie Dobbs novels by Jacqueline Winspear have cover art that’s so evocative of 1920s and 30s graphic design that they could have been lifted from posters or … Continue reading

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WINTERING

I always think that here in Central Victoria, the weather turns after Easter. With daylight savings ended, the daylight dwindles and we begin the slide from autumn into winter. Today, Easter Sunday, it’s seriously hot and the local swimming spot … Continue reading

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VALE SHEILA

Last month marked the first anniversary of agent Sheila Drummond’s passing. And I realised that since then I’d had a quiet, lingering sense of absence whenever I thought about my writing life. For over a decade, Sheila had been an … Continue reading

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BRITISH AND WEIRD

Weird British contrasts. Screens rather than pages last weekend. Because I’ve been so tired. Do I really have to make excuses? I’m a reader, but sometimes it’s so relaxing to just watch. Last Saturday, I worked 6 hours in a … Continue reading

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DOWN TIME

Nearly the end of February. Almost March. Is is just me, or is the year going by in a flash? I am so busy right now that I barely have time to scratch myself, but I can tell it’s Autumn. … Continue reading

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SOLASTALGIA

I bought Sarah Wilson’s new book in January, and I’ve been digesting it since. I read her earlier title First, We Make the Beast Beautiful a few years ago and have re-read it and recommended it to others since then. … Continue reading

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MY TWO BLANKETS

Australia Day…or Invasion Day, Survival Day, Day of Mourning? I’m in the ‘change the date’ camp with this one. And then there’s the  block-headed and deliberate leftie-baiting with the day’s honours. Margaret Court! For all she’s one of the rare … Continue reading

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DUCK DUCK GOOSE

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IN AMONG THE WEEDS

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NOT READING, KNITTING

Not drowning, waving? No, not reading, knitting.     My Aged Care Cert III course involves an awful lot of reading, of course. Online, mainly, but we also have a massive and technical manual called Long Term Caring. What I … Continue reading

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