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The hive bites

* the following contains spoilers for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, if there’s anyone apart from me who hasn’t read the damn book   So yesterday I was working through a draft of my novel, which I started what, … Continue reading

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All the books I read in 2011

This year was a bit up and quite a lot down in terms of reading satisfaction. I seem to be getting (a) more impatient and less tolerant, or more optimistically (b) more discerning and sophisticated in what I expect from … Continue reading

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Sydney Writers Festival 2011

Am back from Sydney Writers Festival for 2011 and phoar, what a festival it is. I went in 2006 and it was a stunner. Huge, martially organised, teeming millions of authors both domestic and international, many drinks parties, many drinks … Continue reading

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The publishing thing

I was having a conversation with a friend the other day who has a manuscript which is about to shopped around for a publisher, and I found myself offering (no doubt patronising) wisdom about this process, and thinking that in … Continue reading

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Wot I read this year, with annotations

One of life’s little pleasures: counting up the books I read this year. I read a lot of good stuff though few things stand out. On listing them, I think ‘On Beauty’, ‘Saffron and Brimstone’, ‘The Winter Book’, ‘Age of … Continue reading

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And so on(wards)

I’m in the strange limbo after a book release, still digesting and percussing from that experience, and yet kind of distanced. I’m also in strange limbo of coming back from a trip overseas where I have to collect up my … Continue reading

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Aftermath, or, after the math.

I’m sure I should write a post digesting the critical and readers’ responses to The Romantic and all that kind of morbid self-reflective thing (which I have made, indeed, a career out of) but frankly I can’t be arsed. At … Continue reading

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And so it begins

First big interview was published today, in The Age and SMH, double-page spread and even the cover story on A2. Wasn’t expecting the cover! I guess I should have expected that the sex gets the attention. The Age somehow managed … Continue reading

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The bastardy Second Book

Now that I am, phew, oh thank god, on the other side of the Bastardy Second Book trauma (only just), I would like to share my experience of the dreaded chasm between First Book and Second Book, and what I … Continue reading

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Stockings

I did a talk at Vermont South library this week. It’s five years now that I’ve been giving these talks, and to be honest each time it feels a little more like shrugging on a cloak made of the past, … Continue reading

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