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May The Force be with you

Once in a while you come across a book that really moves you. Makes you laugh. Cry. Even get angry. A book that makes you think. Where you turn the page to read more no matter what emotion you’re feeling, or how tired you are. Usually they’re epic tales of love lost, world’s conquered or heretic feats of greatness. But…

The great Aussie (crime) story

This year I’ve taken it upon myself to read as much local crime fiction (with the odd true crime book thrown in) as I can. Not because I feel I have to - that’s what I’m writing after all - but because it’s bloody ripping stuff (said in the tone of Alf Stewart). Local stories, local places and home-grown hero’s.…

Justice is the new black

This week saw the charging of two men - or something resembling human men, but probably closer to animal form - allegedly responsible for the death of Lynette Daley on NSW's north coast almost four years ago. It's been a long fight for justice for the investigating cops, Ms Daley's relatives and her own community. And it's a fight that continues to…

Book review - The Dry

The Dry is the cracking debut novel by Melbourne Journalist Jane Harper. Already sold to a swag of countries and subject of much initial acclaim throughout Australia, this yarn is one that captures the reader right from the get-go. It’s a story of tragedy, secrets and country. Set in the fictional Victorian town of Kiewarra, The Dry sets the scene…

Book Review - Fear is the Rider

Fear is the Rider Kenneth Cook The Text Publishing Company  Published in 2016 - but written in 1982 - Fear is the Rider is a cracking Aussie novella written by legendary author/scriptwriter and film-maker, Kenneth Cook. He died in 1987, but not before writing over 20 books, one of which (Wake in Fright) was made into a film. This…

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