Slabscape: Reset by S Spencer Baker

Slabscape: Reset is described by the author as “a web-back — a work of fiction published in print/eBook format with addenda, back-stories and tangentially linked information available online through Slabscapedia”. The first book in the trilogy is a humourous, fast-paced romp through a sci-fi world which could be the result of Ben Elton getting hold […]

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie: My choice for Banned Books Week

I love a banned book don’t you? Neil Gaiman’s back of book blurb snippet for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian says: “Excellent in every way, poignant and really funny and heart-warming and honest and wise and smart … I have no doubt that in a year or so it’ll be winning awards […]

Love Without Hope by Rodney Hall

This is an enthralling novel about love, imaginings, the borders of sanity and madness and the ultimate triumph of hope. In his sharp depictions of small-town savagery and finely detailed portraits, Hall sweeps the reader away with powerful, breathtaking prose. Love Without Hope (the title comes from the Robert Graves poem of the same name) […]

Interview with Judy Nunn about her novel Maralinga: About acting, script writing and writing historical fiction

Featuring a gutsy female investigative journalist, Maralinga is a compelling story of romance, power and espionage set during the 1950s when the British government conducted an extensive series of nuclear tests in the desert of South Australia, an area inhabited and traditionally owned by Indigenous Australians. Very little was known about these events at the […]

Sappho…in 9 Fragments: Interview with Jane Montgomery Griffiths

Her life steeped in mystery, the majority of her work surviving only in fragments, the great Greek love poet Sappho of Lesbos has been misrepresented, mythologised and appropriated by many different groups. But what do we really know about her? What happened to her poetry and how is she relevant today? Paula Grunseit finds out […]

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