Monthly Archives: August 2012

Michael Brissenden and his book ‘American Stories’

In July 2009, Michael Brissenden traded political reporting in Canberra for a job in Washington as US current affairs reporter for the ABC. Some years earlier he had traded working for Brays Books to go to the ABC, a fact … Continue reading

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Gone Girl

I first mentioned ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn a few weeks ago and finished reading it two weeks ago. It is as good as the critics said! It is also so different that I have hesitated to write about it. It … Continue reading

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Life lessons from Margaret Olley and Robert Klippel

I have recently had the pleasure of visiting both the NSW and the Queensland Art galleries. I always feel better for such visits, they are good for the soul and Brisbane’s warmth was also good for the body! The Prado exhibition … Continue reading

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Michael Robotham’s new Mystery and a great story

I attended the launch of Michael Robotham’s fantastic new crime/mystery novel, ‘Say You’re Sorry’, last night. It is due in store today. Michael told a very touching story. As a boy growing up in Gundagai he was a great fan … Continue reading

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A nice thankyou

I had a lovely email from Johanna Nicholls recently. Johanna is the author of ‘Ironbark’, a best-seller in Australia and Germany’ and the recently published ‘Ghost Gum Valley’. Both books are really good reads in the Australian historical fiction genre. … Continue reading

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Philip Bray farewells Maeve Binchy

The obituaries for Peter Tranter and Maeve Binchy in yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald brought memories flooding into my mind. Peter was deputy-mayor of North Sydney at the same time as I was deputy-mayor of Leichhardt and  our councils were leading the … Continue reading

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