From Maggie Alderson, this is the perfect companion to a long, lazy Easter Holiday weekend, which I'm spending mostly horizontal while eating hot cross buns and chocolate eggs. I've loved Maggie's writing since discovering Mad About The Boy and Pants On Fire fifteen or so years ago, both of which I've re-read several times over … Continue reading Today I’m reading…
Today, Big Little Lies' finale aired and everyone seems to agree it was a cathartic, fitting and thrilling end to what's been a darkly satisfying and stylish domestic noir. So it's timely that yesterday, while standing beside a muddy football pitch, on the north shore of Sydney, my friend nudged me in the ribs … Continue reading Starstruck
.. books that take me far away. It's the depths of winter here (17 degrees, rain, rain, rain) and the school holidays which means I've had a good excuse to snuggle up and binge read. I finally downloaded the brilliant I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh which more than lived up to its bestselling status and was a twisty, … Continue reading Today I’m reading…
Those light bulb moments - when you finally figure out how to get your character from point a to b – are rather marvellous, aren't they? I've been lucky to have a few recently, which is useful as I'm at the plotting and planning stage. There's been a lot of staring out of windows, ah-yes-that-could-happen realisations followed … Continue reading Plot, pants or ping?
From the brilliant Australian author Emily Maguire, this is a thriller that does so much more than just compel you to race through its pages. Beautifully written with deftly observed characters, it's a story about grief, death and the media and is taking up a distinct space in my thoughts at the moment.
I was looking for a bill or something in my email account the other day and although I thought it was forever lost, somewhere in a long defunct hard drive, my search pinged forth a message containing the first three chapters, synopsis and agent query letter for my first (complete) novel writing attempt. Honestly, seeing … Continue reading The Big D
So it turns out I'm going to answer the question I posed previously. Since I last posted, I found myself relocating - albeit temporarily - to south-west England. The last time I was in Bristol was twenty years ago, when I graduated from university, but it didn't feel that long when I walked through the … Continue reading Oh the places you’ll go