The Crying Place... Book Description: A stunning literary debut that takes the reader into the mysteries and truths that lie at the heart of our country. In the rear vision, the road was golden and straight and even, its length making sense of the sky, of the vast black cloud that was set to engulf … Continue reading Book Review: The Crying Place by Lia Hills
The Missing Pieces of Us... Book Description: Sometimes you have to resolve the past before you can face the future. The moving and heart-warming new novel from Fleur McDonald. Lauren Ramsey was adopted at birth. Now a teacher, her mantra is to never let a child fall through the cracks. But she's so concerned about … Continue reading Book Review: The Missing Pieces of Us by Fleur McDonald
A great interview with Sarah Schmidt, author of See What I Have Done. This novel was my top pick in my latest Historical Fiction Round Up for the Australian Women Writers Challenge. It’s an excellent novel that still haunts me, even two weeks after finishing. I love how Sarah details the way Lizzie Borden ‘visited’ her through her dreams. What a unique source of inspiration!
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks,
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
Sarah Schmidt found out about axe murderess Lizzie Borden when a pamphlet fell out from between books at the second-hand bookshop where she was working. Consciously, she ignored the pamphlet – but Lizzie lurked in her subconscious and re-emerged in Sarah’s dreams. The librarian was compelled to write about Lizzie, and after 11 years See What I Have Done, Sarah’s debut novel based around the murder of Lizzie’s father and stepmother, came to be. We asked the author about reconciling fact with fiction, her terrifying research, and the time one of her siblings tricked Sarah into thinking that they had sustained a grievous injury.
The Lizzie Borden case has been heavily scrutinised for over a century. What about it was so compelling to you?
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Last year, I participated in a reading challenge titled: The Australian Women Writers Challenge The idea of the challenge is to read a nominated amount of books written by Australian women and to then review and share those reviews with the #aww2016 across your social media platforms. There is also a database on the AWW … Continue reading The Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017: 20 Books in 16 Weeks
The Chocolate Promise... Book Description: Christmas Livingstone has 10 rules for happiness. Nurturing the senses every day, doing what you love, and sharing joy with others are some of the rules but the most important for her is number 10 - 'Absolutely no romantic relationships'. Her life is good. In her enchantingly seductive shop, The … Continue reading Book Review: The Chocolate Promise by Josephine Moon
Everyday Lies... Book Description: Emma and Lucie, the art of lying appears all too easy . . . Emma Wilson has it all. Beauty, wealth, a loving and successful husband. But appearances can be deceptive. Bored and restless, her need for more fuels a dangerous craving; one she intends to keep hidden. Against her husband's … Continue reading Book Review & Author Interview: Everyday Lies by Louise Guy
Remind Me How This Ends... Book Description: It's the summer after high school ends and everyone is moving on. Winning scholarships. Heading to uni. Travelling the world. Everyone except Milo Dark. Milo feels his life is stuck on pause. His girlfriend is 200km away, his mates have bailed for bigger things and he is convinced … Continue reading Book Review: Remind Me How This Ends by Gabrielle Tozer
A Letter from Italy... Book Description: Inspired by the life of the world's first woman war correspondent, Australia's Louise Mack, the most sweeping love story yet by Pamela Hart. 1917, Italy. Australian journalist Rebecca Quinn is an unconventional woman. At the height of World War I, she has given up the safety of her Sydney … Continue reading Book Review: A Letter from Italy by Pamela Hart
Her Mother’s Secret... Book Description: 1918, England. Armistice Day should bring peace into Leonora's life. Rather than secretly making cosmetics in her father's chemist shop to sell to army nurses such as Joan, her adventurous Australian friend, Leo hopes to now display her wares openly. Instead, Spanish flu arrives in the village, claiming her father's … Continue reading Book Review: Her Mother’s Secret by Natasha Lester
This article does not contain spoilers about the TV Show or the novel, Big Little Lies. The internet seems to be exploding with articles about Big Little Lies - the TV mini-series, that is, not the novel by Australian author, Liane Moriarty. However, lucky for Moriarty, any conversation about an adaptation inevitably leads to its … Continue reading Big Little Lies: Does the TV show measure up to the novel?