Author Archives: susan

READING AT THE RIGHT TIME

Empathy, the way that we can place ourselves, imaginatively, in the position of the other person, is at the heart of what we do as readers, as people striving for a generous understanding of one another. Reading by Moonlight Brenda … Continue reading

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WALKING

I have just come back from walking in the hills above Chewton, a township to the east of  Castlemaine. Our walk took us from the ruins of the Garfield Wheel (once a massive water wheel that was used to power … Continue reading

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WHERE YOU BELONG

We’ve just had two delightful Canadian visitors. A retired couple, on a three month holiday. They’d been to Singapore, Hanoi and Seoul before arriving in Perth. Then Adelaide and Melbourne. And Castlemaine, of course. Why not? In the gold-rush days, … Continue reading

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ESSAYING

Lately I’ve been finding that I really enjoy reading essays. Dipping in and out of this year’s Best Australian Essays had me searching for the earlier collections; a find of Quarterly Essays from the Op Shop (50 cents each) was … Continue reading

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THE GOLDEN AGE

Book Group. First meeting is in a week’s time but I only picked up the book – The Golden Age by Joan London –  a few days ago. I was relieved when I saw that it wasn’t a tome – … Continue reading

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THE PEPPERED MOTH

I am reading The Peppered Moth (Viking, 2000) by Margaret Drabble. I like Margaret Drabble’s writing very much. Ever since I found the three books in the Radiant Way sequence in the op shop (one signed by the author) I’ve … Continue reading

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SOLITUDE, COSMOPOLITANS, TRUMP

Lewis. Morse. Midsummer Murders. Vera. Poirot. Miss Marple… Yes, British crime is my guilty little not-so-secret. I love it. And I can be quite productive, too – two or three nights in front of a movie length episode and I … Continue reading

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21st ALREADY

I looked at the date on today’s paper and saw with astonishment that it’s already the 21st. At last, I’ve stopped having to think when writing 2017 but it still seems like the year hasn’t really begun until school goes … Continue reading

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THANKYOU, HELEN

My new book is my old book. I began in 2008 – yes, that long ago – and it was only last year that I finished it. That was after re-writing and re-writing and re-writing. A few knock-backs from publishers. … Continue reading

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ROCK-POOLS, MEXICAN FOOD, LIVE TURTLES…

The lead up to Christmas and the year’s end has been, as usual, shatteringly busy and stressful. It was not just retail madness and extra shifts at the Bookroom; our son headed to Istanbul just as news of the soccer … Continue reading

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