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Review of ‘The Last Painting of Sara de Vos’ by Dominic Smith

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars Best novel I’ve read in a long, long time. Set in three time zones – seventeenth century Holland, 1950s New York, and Sydney in … Continue reading

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Review of ‘Small Great Things’ by Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult My rating: 5 of 5 stars A strongly-written novel that tugs at your heart and drills into your gut. The story centres on an African-American nurse who is assigned to a newborn baby and … Continue reading

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When War Came to Australia

Mea culpa. Yes, it’s been a while since I posted. The exciting news is that I’ve almost finished writing my new novel. Hey, there’s only so much a person can do in one day. I’ve taken a short break from … Continue reading

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#Editing 101: the fine-tooth comb method for line editing

If you’re a parent with a young child, you’ve probably discovered the joys of head lice. Pesky little beasties, they’re ridiculously hard to get rid of. Even when you’ve blasted them with a cocktail of chemicals and raked out their … Continue reading

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‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn My rating: 4 of 5 stars Easy-to-read psychological thriller about married people behaving badly. Domestic noir at its darkest and most intriguing. Both characters of this one-time partnership are highly-flawed and headed towards self-destruction. But … Continue reading

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Journey of the Novella – Your character’s Voice

After a week and a bit I’m up to 6,000 words (thereabouts). This is a first draft, so they are not all perfect and many will find their way into the cyber-bin when I come back to edit. At the … Continue reading

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