The Blog is Back

The thing about a break is it gives you a new perspective. I’ve been thinking about where I was when I started when paper met pen in August 2015, and how much I’ve learned since then about writing, about the process of pitching and dealing with publishers, and about the book community more broadly. Learning … More The Blog is Back

Why are there so many dead parents in young adult fiction?

I was lying in bed this morning trying to remember the last young adult novel I read in which the main character didn’t have at least one dead or dramatically absent parent. I couldn’t think of one. Here’s my list of recent YA reading (mostly by Australian authors): Talk under water (which I just started) … More Why are there so many dead parents in young adult fiction?

Book review: One would think the deep by Claire Zorn

In the opening scene of Claire Zorn’s award-winning YA contemporary novel, the main character Sam is in a hospital feeding coins into a payphone that’s eating them just as fast. He’s trying to contact his aunty Lorraine who he hasn’t seen in years, but who he hopes will let him come and stay. His mum … More Book review: One would think the deep by Claire Zorn

It’s Australia Day! Here’s a list of ten Australian books that changed my life

As it’s Australia Day today, (a day traditionally spent on BBQs, drinking and listening to the Hottest 100) I thought I would share a list of ten books by Australian authors that have at some point in my life changed me, challenged me or shown me myself and my country in a new light. These … More It’s Australia Day! Here’s a list of ten Australian books that changed my life