Tag: book reviews

Read Like A Writer

The ABC RN Bookshelf podcast episode looked interesting: “What does it mean to read like a writer? Twenty-five Australian writers give their thoughts.” And then I recognised two of the contributors, Belinda Castles and Nicholas Jose, whose books I’d read and reviewed for Writing NSW. So I clicked play.

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Cull Your Darlings

In June 2016, I wrote a review of Jerome and His Women by Joan O’Hagan. The book’s publisher and Joan’s daughter, Denise O’Hagan of Black Quill Press, liked it, and we started corresponding. Recently Denise asked if I could edit the review for another publication. I had to cull it from 477 words to 300!

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My Bedside Books (2019)

In December 2018, I blogged about the sixteen books I’d read or dipped into during that year in My Year of Books. I’m a bedtime reader and often doze off with a book on my nose. And this is why I’m happy to report there were another sixteen fiction and nonfiction titles in my bedside books for 2019.

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All That I Am by Anna Funder

Award-winning author Anna Funder discussed her 2003 bestseller Stasiland on the Better Reading podcast in February 2019. Having visited Berlin in 1987 and 1995, her book on the East German secret police piqued my interest. It wasn’t on the shelf at my local bookshop, but I did find All That I Am.

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My Year of Books (2018)

It’s my habit to read in bed and usually, after ten to fifteen minutes of reading, my eyes get a little tired and sometimes I wake to find the book resting on my face. It can take me a long time to read a book from cover to cover. So I was surprised by the size of my “year of books” pile for 2018.

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English Pubs and Last Orders

From 1987 to 1995, I lived in England and, as well as loving the English countryside, the quaint villages and towns, and the people, I loved the pubs. The pubs I frequented were social meeting places for men and women. And thankfully, not just somewhere for blokes to get plastered and start fights.

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Dog On It by Spencer Quinn

Dog On It is the first book in Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie mystery series. It’s a detective novel featuring Bernie Little, “a slightly down-at-heel private investigator”, and Chet, his “partially K-9 trained” dog who failed the police-dog test when a cat appeared. Chet is also the book’s narrator.

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Published September 2022

I hope readers enjoy the short story journeys in Twelve More Furious Months and make it home in time for dinner. ~ Robert Fairhead

Twelve More Furious Months by Robert Fairhead
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Published April 2021

I look forward to the Writer's Centre's monthly Furious Fiction competitions because I've become addicted to the escapism of writing short stories! ~ Robert Fairhead

Twelve Furious Months by Robert Fairhead
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Published March 2020

This slim book is hard to put down. And the only regret we may feel after reading it is that we reached the end too quickly! ~ Denise O'Hagan

Both Sides of the Story by Robert Fairhead
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