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Anna Bligh, the Story so Far

Through the Wall: Reflections on Leadership, Love and Survival As the title of this lively memoir suggests, former Queensland premier Anna Bligh is a dab hand with metaphor. The central one of breaking through walls is developed throughout, and there are others: winding paths, flying read more

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Fifth Business

More years ago now than I care to count I was a 17 year old Rotary Exchange student to Brampton, Ontario, Canada. I flew from a 30 plus degrees Celsius summer in Brisbane to -4 degrees with wind chill at Toronto airport. I went from a pigtailed, uniform-wearing, private school girl to read more

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Between Those Two Hills

The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe  from the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis is undoubtedly one of my favourite children’s books. My mother, father and grandfather read it to me when I was little, and I’ve read it many times since. The wolf chief of police Maugrim from read more

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I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sellew

It’s no picnic establishing a start-up company, particularly one in an industry like publishing that is severely disrupted and where the sustainable way ahead is far from clear.  You really have to love, or at least find some joy, in what you are doing in order to weather the &# read more

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Writing and reading on a Big Breast Adventure

For the better part of 2014 I was at the pointy end (if you’ll pardon the expression) of treatment for breast cancer.  As my kindly but somewhat blunt GP told me when I was first diagnosed, “There’s three ways we deal with breast cancer – cut, poison and burn.& read more

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Is it a thing?

I see a lot of manuscripts. Even when I don’t advertise myself as an editor, just being in the general publishing/writing business means people search you out for an opinion. This means I’ve read a great deal of ‘draft zeroes’. Draft zeroes are the drafts that don’t usually see the li read more

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Why Write?

What is it about books? Why do we feel such an urge to write? Fiction or non-fiction, it does not matter. Why do not greater proportions of people read books? In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen wrote: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good f read more

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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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