Belinda Castles is the author of Falling Woman and The River Baptists (for which she won the 2006 Australian/Vogel Award). Her latest novel is Hannah and Emil, which traces two characters across Europe, the UK and Australia and charts their complex struggles, and the love that pulls them through. Emil fights for Germany in WWI but is forced from his … Continue reading Treasures from the past: Belinda Castles on Hannah and Emil
UQP, March 2012 9780702239229 (buy paperback) A few years ago I read and enjoyed The Comfort of Figs by Simon Cleary, and I was excited to receive his new book Closer to Stone in the mail. It's about a young Australian man who travels to Northern Africa in the mid '90s in search of his missing brother. As I … Continue reading Closer to Stone by Simon Cleary
I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books. I aimed to read them all in 2011, but that's beginning to look unlikely. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? I had vague ideas about Gulliver’s Travels. I remembered Ted Danson being tied up by some little people in a film version I … Continue reading 20 Classics #8: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Hello litnibblets, Exciting things are afoot. Book launches, Melbourne Writers Festival, my first spoken word poetry gig, an illustrated short story zine project, and in a few months, National Young Writers Festival and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (I'm doing panels at both). How did you like Sam Cooney's guest review? I'm looking to do … Continue reading A callout of sorts, plus some killing, space and Eggers
First of all, happy ANZAC Day. It's great to take some time to think about the young soldiers who have been sacrificed for our country, and the sadness of war - conflict, power, greed. I know that books and films have been beneficial to my knowledge and understanding of war, and of nationalism, patriotism (the genuine, the … Continue reading Peace, EWF & 'Helloooo, my name is Number One…'