meet the author · writing life

Writing the Future

Last week, I went to Waterstones Piccadilly to hear two debut authors speak about their recently published debut novels. Elan Mastai, author of All Our Wrong Todays and Katie Khan, author of Hold Back the Stars were in conversation with the BBC’s Joe Haddow. Both books explore the idea of utopias – with dystopic tendencies… Continue reading Writing the Future

Australian writers · children's books · classics · Favourite writers · prizes and awards · rereading

Your First Favourite Author

I’ve briefly mentioned Robin Klein on this blog before, but today is her 81st birthday and so I feel she deserves a post of her own. She was the first author I ever wrote to (way back in 1986) and her friendliness and openness made me completely believe that a writing life was possible. There’s… Continue reading Your First Favourite Author

Australian writers · Bookbybook · meet the author

bookbybook 20: Matthew Condon

It’s the most brilliant pleasure to discover an affinity with a writer’s work but it’s even sweeter when you dare to harness an affinity with the writer himself. When I was a young, aspiring writer in Australia, the young, accomplished writer whose work I valued most was Matthew Condon. Foremost, I loved the humour and pathos of… Continue reading bookbybook 20: Matthew Condon

Independent publishing · work-in-progress

My New Online Fiction Serial

Last year, I wrote on here about the importance of the second novel, because I’d heard that the best thing you can do to support the book you’ve written is to produce another one. Critical mass really helps create a presence in readers’ if not retailers’ minds. So, I duly set about starting another novel… Continue reading My New Online Fiction Serial

authors · Bookbybook · meet the author

bookbybook 19: Chris Brookmyre

There aren’t many crime writers who have won awards for comic fiction, but Chris Brookmyre has. His exuberantly titled All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses An Eye (his books might not be best suited to the squeamish) won the Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, but his most recent plaudits have been for hard-boiled… Continue reading bookbybook 19: Chris Brookmyre

Bookbybook · meet the author

bookbybook 18: Lesley Glaister

Lesley Glaister has written thirteen novels – the kind that linger in the mind, playfully haunting you in the way Daphne du Maurier’s books do. Little Egypt is the latest but others include Nina Todd Has Gone, Honour Thy Father, Sheer Blue Bliss and Honour Thy Father. With good reason she has been described as… Continue reading bookbybook 18: Lesley Glaister