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A MONSTER CALLS

How come I’ve never read this before? I had a hour and a half train journey today, and just devoured this book. It is devastatingly good. Just as well I am somewhat inhibited – I felt like telling someone, immediately, … Continue reading

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GREEN’S GUIDE TO GOOD BOOKS

Bendigo Writer’s Festival this week. I spent all day there Friday and yesterday –  listening, talking, meeting people. My brain is buzzing with ideas. A real winter boost for the soul, and so very, very enjoyable! I haven’t had time … Continue reading

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THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo

A shout out to Kathryn McAllister at Stonemans Bookroom in Castlemaine, where I work. She reads a lot more YA fiction than I do, and she pushed this one into my hands. I thought I would hate this book and … Continue reading

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FOUR NEW BOOKS

Four new books! I am preparing a talk for Text Marks the Spot, the schools program of the Bendigo Writer’s Festival, so right now, I am reading, reading, reading. Which is great, as we’re in the depths of winter and … Continue reading

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GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON

Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon was winner of the Newberry Medal in 2017. Here’s what the blurb on the back says. Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as a sacrifice to the witch … Continue reading

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NOT WITHOUT AUNT BEAST

I have a lovely stack of children’s books here in front of me – more than a weekend’s reading, probably, but I hope to get through them quickly. Because I’ll be reading the same number  again, a couple of times, … Continue reading

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THE RITUAL BURNING

Last weekend, I went to a friend’s house for a ritual burning. Don’t worry – no humans or animals were harmed. Both of us were in the process of clearing the backlog of documents and paperwork that had been cluttering … Continue reading

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WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

In mid-May, I gave a couple of library talks about my novel “How Bright Are All Things Here”. One was at Woodend, and the other was here in Castlemaine. Here’s an edited version of the talk. A question I’ve been … Continue reading

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WINTER

First day of winter. I’m here in a north-facing room – in front of the heater! – looking out of the window, and the sun is shining. There are still lots of coloured leaves on the fruit trees in the … Continue reading

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STUFF

Last week was the 10th anniversary of my mother’s death. The camellia a friend gave me only a few days afterwards is always beginning to bloom by her birthday, and smothered in flowers by now. It’s a beautiful reminder. I … Continue reading

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