Monthly Archives: October 2011

Birth injuries

I once had a husband who was fond of saying that feminism was all very well and good but the moment the chips were down, who was it that went out and got killed while saving the lives of women … Continue reading

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ABC Radio National: A Better Woman

Better late than never I suppose: Radio National’s First Person book reading will feature my 2000 memoir A Better Woman next month (November) in a ten-part abridgement. It’s now out of print (but apparently available as an ebook, er, I … Continue reading

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On Gillian Mears

Last week I went down to Adelaide to interview Gillian Mears for Qweekend. I last saw Gillian on the Paris metro in 1992 when I was catching a train home to write and Gillian was was going out to an … Continue reading

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A name is a name is a name….

So sue me. I said, ages ago, that I was going to call the protaganist/heroine/main character of my new novel My Hundred Lovers: the autobiography of a body Susan. Now, all my closest friends know the reasons for this. It … Continue reading

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Portrait of the artist as a happy man

Here’s my story on the lyric artist Garry Shead. A fabulous artist.

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My favourite book launch photo

I’ve decided to start cataloguing my favourite book launch pictures. Today I am featuring Ms Krissy Kneen, wearing a fetching pair of ears, at her Melbourne launch at Readings. Her new book Triptych: an erotic adventure has just been published … Continue reading

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On editing

Editing my new novel My Hundred Lovers: the autobiography of a body under the wise eyes of Allen and Unwin’s editor of choice, Ali Lavau. It’s interesting when an editor understands one’s writerly faults, or tics, or merely irritating habits, … Continue reading

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