Category Archives: books; authors; Australia

The Landing is landing….

Here’s a Q & A prepared by my publisher Allen and Unwin. Q and A THE LANDING

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The Landing: an extract

The Landing – a comedy of manners set in Queensland — will be published first by Allen and Unwin, Australia (other territories forthcoming). The Landing extract

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New website and book stuff…

My new website and blog is about to go live (but, the question is, does anyone read websites/blogs anymore; face of the future appears to be Facebook, according to my moles….but, anyway…) Will give details soon, and it will include … Continue reading

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ABC Conversation re-visited

Yesterday I did Radio National and local radio on Conversation on the ABC, Australia’s national broadcaster, this time with Brisbane’s Sarah Kanowski, who is standing in for the usual host Richard Fidler (who is away in Iceland). Sarah proved to … Continue reading

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New book time….

You’d think that after ten books, publication time would get easier, wouldn’t you? For every writer I know, it’s still a stomach-churning, vertiginous moment. It’s not exciting — as many suppose — for me, it’s as if someone has lifted … Continue reading

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Looking back

Yesterday, at the Tate Modern, I noticed some words of Kurt Vonnegut’s from his war novel SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE. They were written on a wall, just near a new graphic show, and they read: “People aren’t supposed to look back.” There’s … Continue reading

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Society of Editors lecture

Jeni Lewington has very kindly written up a talk I gave last August to the Queensland branch of the Society of Editors. Dangling the carrot: a storyteller’s secrets Report by Jeni Lewington Susan Johnson, novelist, journalist and non-fiction author, is … Continue reading

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Joan London’s exquisite new novel

I hardly ever write reviews (for obvious reasons). However, I love making exceptions, and Joan London’s wonderful new novel THE GOLDEN AGE makes a glorious exception. Here endeth the superlatives….. This is a short review wot I wrote for the … Continue reading

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Excited passions: some thoughts on The Writer As Saint

IF EVER THERE was a writer revered as a saint-like figure, Amherst’s gothic 19th century poet Emily Dickinson is it. Gnomic, ethereal (possibly anorexic) and given to appearing without warning at doorways in front of startled visitors. Before she was … Continue reading

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My Hundred Lovers hits the stage….

Some interesting news: Melbourne-based actor and director Leisa Shelton talked me into agreeing to a stage adaptation of my last novel My Hundred Lovers and we have just learned that the project has got the green light. Over the years … Continue reading

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