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November 11, 2019

A child, Fiora, (when I say a child, I mean a 16-year-old teen) is dumped on an ageing cobbler’s doorstep. She has little money and is the daughter of the fortune teller, therefore a child to be feared. And her parents have recently succumbed to the influenza epidemic,...

January 18, 2017

'Black as pitch them eyes, black as disease and disorder and hate and lies.'

Ever since the 'Damn Stupid' life has been tipped up and rattled about, and brought back to a basic existence.

Elka is a feral girl, found in the woods by a trapper. He doesn't exactly care for...

October 5, 2016

Writers Blog 05102016

My worst fears have been realized …

My mate Tommmy doesn’t read. Never has. Buys the Sun and looks at the pictures. Doesn’t even read the sport. He knows a shed load about horse racing, buys the Post, but never reads it because horse racing is all a...

October 5, 2016

I grew up in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and didn't meet an indigenous person until my mid twenties.
So this book was a shock to me. Of course I've read about our treatment of the indigenous folk, the destruction of their culture, but it never touched me as this b...

October 5, 2016


The Hangman's Daughter
Oliver Pötzsch

Title: The Hangman’s Daughter
Author: Oliver Pötzsch, Translated by Lee Chadeayne
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Amazon Crossing/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: December 2010 (Amazon)/August 2...

September 12, 2016

Blue chalk circles are being drawn around random objects. A pigeon’s foot, a cigarette lighter etc and the media is rife with theories as to what they mean. Are the circles drawn around the objects or are the objects placed in the circles. Serious stuff, eh?


Only Adams...

September 8, 2016

Writers blog 07092016

My worst fears have been realized …

I woke with three hounds at my face. It was 5.30am and I’d fallen into my bedroom not more than three hours before. They’d been walked, they’d done the toileting thing not three hours ago, but 5.30 is an unwritten...

August 12, 2016

The United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas

Imagine the if the USA had lost to Japan, and Europe had lost to Hitler. No, it’s not Philip K Dick’s The Man in the High Castle but Peter Tieryas novel The United States of Japan.

Now also imagine an amime comic book put to wo...

August 3, 2016

Writers Blog 04082016

My worst fears have been realized …

I exaggerate of course because this has been a good month. No alcohol. A whole damn month without a

drop. So Obviously that means a severe drop in calories entering my system, which has to transfer as adipose tissu...

August 3, 2016

This novel is good. It has bucket loads of

suspense, two good characters as protagonists and two particularly good baddies. Of course you are led by the nose to hate the serial killer, but the clever twist, though not too hard to guess, gives the tale a rich depth.

The s...

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