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Clark in the Dark

Dr. Seuss was a cornerstone of my childhood. When I think back of my younger years I have vivid memories of both my parents and my grandfather reading me our large collection of Dr. Seuss books.  Dr. Seuss’s stories are memories from my childhood that I often enjoy revisiting; like wh read more

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To Kill a Mockingbird

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is undoubtedly the best book I’ve ever read, and my favourite novel. In the weeks before returning to Macquarie University for the last year of my English degree read more

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Making it a Little Bit Easier

Every writer I’ve ever known has something I like to call their ‘seasonal masterclass’. A personal masterclass is a book, television show or movie that you watch or read repeatedly to remind you of good writing. Seasonal masterclasses are so important. They provide personal, reliable read more

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Brave New World

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” – Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, 1932. Whenever you read something that makes you question everything, it usually stays with you long after you’ve finished the book; read more

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The Horse and His Boy

I was struck by last year’s Melbourne Cup – not literally you understand, but by the strange and polarised events of the 2014 ‘race that stops the nation’. On the one hand there is celebration, as there always is for the winner, and on the other, abject despair read more

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Why For Pity Sake?

On the face of it my Dad was a numbers man.  He had a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Economics.  He started his career in journalism as a finance writer.  He even did a stint with a stockbroking firm before becoming a Finance Editor then a high ranking media executive whose know read more

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Above The Fold

Above The Fold has been almost three years in the making.   It has been written and rewritten, which my good friend Morris West would approve of. “Rewrite and then rewrite again,” has been the credo of other friends, like Bryce Courtenay, quite different from Morris, but both great st read more

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The Grapes of Wrath

“What some people find in religion a writer may find in his craft… a kind of breaking through to glory’ – Steinbeck, 1965 I’m an English and Writing student at Macquarie University, so as you can probably guess, I don’t have a lot of time for reading for pleasure. This means that when read more

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