Peter FitzSimons – Interview about Ned Kelly: The story of Australia’s most notorious legend

This interview was first published in Inside History magazine. I had received an advance proof of the book and the author was keen to know what I thought about it (he asked me for a rating out of 10; I was not expecting that but gave it an 8) and about Ned. It was a […]

Anita Heiss Interview Byron Bay Writers’ Festival 2013 #BBWF2013

Dr Anita Heiss is an acclaimed author and social commentator who recently joined Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning and UTS as an Adjunct Professor. She is an Indigenous Literacy Foundation Ambassador and a Books in Homes Ambassador. Anita is a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and her mother was […]

Q & A with John Harwood about Gothic Thriller The Asylum

Pleasing Terror John Harwood has written a spine-tingling gothic thriller in The Asylum (Vintage, June). This is my Q & A with the author and you can read my review of the book here. When did you first fall in love with horror stories and gothic novels? What are some of your favourites? It goes […]

Q & A : The pursuit of wholeness: Hugh Mackay on The Good Life

The pursuit of wholeness: Hugh Mackay on The Good Life (my review here) This Q & A was first published online by Bookseller+Publisher In The Good Life, social researcher and novelist Hugh Mackay asks the big question: what makes life worth living? Paula Grunseit spoke to the author. In The Good Life you discuss the […]

High Sobriety: My Year Without Booze by Jill Stark

★★★★ 4 stars ‘I was the binge-drinking health reporter. During the week, I wrote about Australia’s booze-soaked culture. At the weekends, I wrote myself off.’ A senior journalist with the Sunday Age, Scottish-born Jill Stark had won awards for her drug- and alcohol-related health reporting. She had also been a binge drinker since she was […]

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