Books are replaceable…

Sunday Blog 12 – 14th November 2021 So said author and bookstore owner Ann Patchett, when talking on The Australian ABC’s Bookshelf podcast in a recent episode. It struck me as true, in a very brutal real way. “What that book has to give me, it has given me” – once the story is told, …

The ordinary moments…

Sunday Blog 10 – 31st October 2021 I was on the road this weekend, and my Podcast app was scrolling through to whatever was next on the playlist. It landed on a re-run of an episode I had listened to some time ago – Brene Brown’s first interview with Oprah Winfrey. As the episode unfolded …

Ram Dass Reflections

Sunday Blog 9 – 24th October 2021 Last night I was perusing one of our excellent independent bookshops, already clutching a couple of eclectic choices, when I saw a hardcover copy of Being Ram Dass. This is a memoir written not long before Ram Dass’ death in 2019, and I plucked it off the shelf, …

Re-reading The Collector

Sunday Blog 8 – 17th October 2021 Sunday night melancholy cloaks me like a miasma. I blame the 1963 book The Collector which I ploughed through over the weekend. The last time I read it was 1982 when I was 17 and finishing school – three decades later it is still a recommended reading text …

The generosity of writers

Sunday Blog 7 – 10th October 2021 If I remember correctly, I saw Michael Robotham speak at the Margaret River Writers’ Festival a few years ago – or perhaps the Perth Writer’s Festival. My memory is notoriously unreliable. For me, there’s nothing I like more than a Writers’ Festival where you can buy all sorts …

Dirty linen

Sunday Blog 6 – 3 October 2021 “It will involve a free trip to Sydney”, I told my daughter. “All we have to do is air our dirty linen on national television.” Luckily, I had her at “Free trip to Sydney.” Clearly, I’m writing about long, long ago, in a pre-Covid world of 2018. Somebody …