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Anecdotes on ‘The Swan Island Connection’

For Pity Sake is thrilled to bring a new Dorothy Johnston mystery to readers. In 2016, Through A Camel’s Eye delighted readers as it told the story of police officers Chris Blackie and Anthea Merritt investigating a murder in the small town of Queenscliff. You can buy Through a Camel’ read more

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The Best Short Story Collections Right Now

I am a recent short story convert. I enjoy a saga as much as the next reader, but my patience and attention span is growing thinner for door-stopper tomes. I need a break. Short stories are the easiest salve. Much like poems, they can be particularly non-affecting to the novice reader read more

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Writing a Big Breast Adventure

I guess you could say I come from a family of writers.  My dad started his career as a finance journalist and one of my sisters is a sports writer for The Australian. Both my older sister and I married journalists and our younger sister is the author of several academic works. read more

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‘The Circle’ – Review

There’s a one-word endorsement from The Times on the front cover of The Circle by Dave Eggers – ‘Unputdownable’. Aside from my lack of surety that unputdownable is even a word, my reaction to this pithy assessment is binary – yes-no, one-zero, agree-disagree – which is pretty fu read more

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‘As the Lonely Fly’ – Book Launch

On the 24th of June, For Pity Sake Publishing was proud to launch the latest Sara Dowse’s latest novel, As the Lonely Fly. Launched at Gleebooks by Australian Historian and Academic, Lyndall Ryan. The launch date for As the Lonely Fly coincided with the 50th anniversary of the 1 read more

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‘My Cousin Rachel’ – Review

Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel could quite rightfully be described as a genre-buster. Don’t let the Bronte-esque style of the writing and the stitched-up 19th Century setting fool you into thinking this is another handsome yet turgid English period piece. My Cousin Rachel is, al read more

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‘Before I Go to Sleep’ – Review

There are some books that once started, there’s simply no stopping. In my experience, these books are few and far between, so when you do land yourself with a novel that invades your brain and engages you to the point where literally all you can do is plonk yourself down with a cup of read more

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Writing of International Importance

‘A work that unfolds with beauty and depth, magnificently imagined, sweeping in its scope and scale, like a classic Russian novel. This is writing of international importance.’ Robert Hefner, Literary Editor, the Canberra Times, 1988–2000   As the Lonely Fly is the story of three read more

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