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Few modern parents would allow their children to take the risks that I frequently did to get to school in weather; well, perhaps they still would in the country… From The Woman on the Mountain, Chapter 13: Wet and Wild By the time I was thirteen I was used to our farm creek flooding, when […]

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This sketch was intended for Chapter two: ‘Getting out of jail’, of The Woman on the Mountain. We lived here, in a village of 200 people, for 10 years before we went bush; both my children were born while here. ‘It would be hard to imagine a more extreme downsizing to a 3 x 4-metre […]

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When I wrote my first book, The Woman on the Mountain, I originally intended to illustrate it. After all, if Gerald Durrell could have illustrations in books for adults, why couldn’t I? In the end, the book having grown longer, we decided not to use the pen and ink drawings. I still have scans of […]

Here’s a great offer from my publisher, Exisle — The Woman on the Mountain and Mountain Tails at just $A14.99 for the two. You can order direct from Exisle here, but be quick because stocks are limited.

Things are snowballing with the Rich Land, Wasteland coal book. One amazing lady has just bought 100 books to send to politicians whom she feels simply must read it to know what they are doing to us. Bacchus Marsh and Inverloch here in Victoria are yet more unthinkable regions for mining/gas to be proposed. When […]

For interested Sydneysiders, I’m speaking at Hornsby Library at 10 am on Friday 8th June. Phone (02) 9847 6904 for details. Having spoken there for each of my other books, I know it’s always a good event, with keen readers and a lively Q & A after the talk. Novella Fine Books from Wahroonga will […]

After winning the Alan Marshall Short Story Award in 2002 I spent three months at an historic and extremely atmospheric mud brick house, ‘Birrarung’, near Eltham. This was a writers’ residency courtesy of Parks Victoria and Nillumbik Shire. It became a chapter in my first book, The Woman on the Mountain. So I have a […]

Click here to listen to my Radio Australia interview about Rich Land, Wasteland with Phil Kafcaloudes.

Last Friday I collected a special parcel at the post office: my copies of the new book! After two years, it’s reality, quite a hefty reality at 453 pages, but that includes the many references. It’s half as many words again as my first book, and in a larger format. The cover looks great, and despite […]

At last I can tell everyone what I have been working on for the last two years, monopolising my mind and my heart, and near breaking both at times.    My new book, Rich Land, Wasteland — how coal is killing Australia, will be in bookshops at the start of May, a joint publishing venture […]

My first book, The Woman on the Mountain (2007) is sold out, but my publishers, Exisle, have the last 30 copies, returned from shops, so deemed ‘shopsoiled’. I bought ten such myself, as gifts, and I actually couldn’t see anything wrong with them. I have just found out that Exisle are currently offering a special […]

For anyone who lives on the Central Coast and would like to say hello in person, I am giving a talk at Toukley Library this Thursday 28th October. It will be between 10.30-11.30 at the library in Victoria Street, Toukley. All welcome. Enquiries or bookings to the library on 02 4396 4247.

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