Tag Archives: Life; death; marriage; divorce

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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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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Still standing

  WHEN MY BOYS were small, they loved a story I used to read to them about an adventurous mouse who went to sea. When the mouse was young he stood in the harbour and watched the boats sail away, … Continue reading

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Time and the writer

FOR A WHILE now I’ve had this little private theory that writers experience time differently to other folk. Not in a better way, or a superior way, just in a different way. My theory goes that, unlike most, writers (and … Continue reading

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On being a babe….or not

I see I am not the only one to find Pamela Stephenson’s comments on the ABC’s Q and A panel this week so fascinating. An actor, sex therapist, comedian and wife of Billy Connolly, I heard a long time ago … Continue reading

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Here is the news….

Where to start? Haven’t had a chance to catch my breath, hence dearth of blog posts…apologies. Well, let’s start with last weekend at the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. I hear that previous festivals have been waterlogged and muddy but, hey, … Continue reading

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On divorce

Being one for hyperbole, as well as sensationalism (the last according to Hermione Lee, a few years back, when I broke the cardinal rule of journalism and gave her a copy of the story I wrote about her and her … Continue reading

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On being swamped

I don’t know if my current state of feeling overwhelmed by life — the endless cleaning of bedrooms and dishes and clothes that needs to be done, the tax return that is long overdue, the dozens of emails from friends … Continue reading

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