what I'm reading

Trust in dreams, for in them is the hidden gate to eternity.

- Khalil Gibran

BOOKS I LOVE

People always ask me for book recommendations.  And there's nothing I love more than to chat about books and find out what others are reading. 

If you're stuck for inspiration, here are some of my current reads.  But, if you're keen to learn more about what's hot on the Australian fiction scene, head over to my Podcast page, download an episode, make a cuppa and tune in to hear me chat to emerging and established writers about their books and their writing journeys.  

From the number 1 best-selling author of "The Dry", "Force of Nature" and "The Lost Man"comes another blockbuster hit.  Jane Harper has done it again!  Creating another spell-binding, gripping tale so interconnected with the Australian landscape you won't want to put it down. And even better, was that I had the pleasure of chatting with Jane about her new book on the podcast. A fabulous and insightful chat with one of Australia's (and the world's) favourite story-tellers. Click on the link below to tune in. 

Readers simply can't get enough of rural fiction at the moment.  And this fabulous new book by Léonie Kelsall has all the feels.  A wonderful story filled with well-developed characters and a very strong sense of place.  If you love rural fiction, you'll love "The Farm at Peppertree Crossing". Click on the link to hear my chat with Léonie. 

Tony Park is an Australian born international best-selling author of 18 African thriller novels. His latest, "Last Survivor" was released in July across Australia.  I had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Tony about his remarkable life - living and writing in Africa, his passion for conservation and much more.  Tune into this fascinating interview by clicking on the link below. 

Meredith Appelyard is the author of five books and loves writing about the layers of complexities in small rural communities.  Her latest book "When Grace Went Away" was released in May 2020.  It's a tale of a farming family fractured by grief - which is compounded by the harshness of life of the land and the struggle to keep a family legacy viable.  Click on the link below to listen to my chat with Meredith. 

Monique Mulligan is a Perth-based author, interviewer and founder of the Stories on Stage Program.  Her debut novel "Wherever You Go" has just been published by Pilyara Press. Definitely one to keep the tissues handy for!  Stay tuned for this wonderful chat. 

I'm looking forward to chatting with Victoria Purman about her new book "The Women's Pages" in coming weeks.  Watch this space!

It's been a couple of years now since I last spoke with Joanna Nell.  But I'm looking forward to learning more about her new novel "The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home'.  

Belinda Alexandra is a much-loved best-selling Australian author whose novels are steeped in history and intrigue, adventure and exotic locations.  Her new novel, released in early September is a captivating thriller set against the backdrop of a small coastal town in 1950s Australia. A rich story of passion, secrets and scandal. Click on the link below to listen to my fascinating chat with Belinda.  

Kerry McGinnis is the author of two memoirs and none best-selling outback suspense novels.  Her latest, "Croc Country" was a terrific read that had me itching to learn more about Australia's Top End and the Gulf Country.  A gripping read that brings much of Kerry's own experiences to life on the page.  I had the pleasure of speaking with Kerry about her new book.  A fascinating chat with a remarkable woman. 

Megan Mayfair is a Melbourne-based, award-winning author whose books she describes as stories with "a dash of family intrigue, a sprinkling of humour and a spoonful of romance." Her fabulous novel "The Things We Leave Unsaid" was released as part of a series aptly titled "The Cafe Chronicle Series" and I LOVED it.  Click on the link below to listen to my fun chat with Megan. 

Michelle Dalton is an award-winning, best-selling author who dedicates her story-telling to shedding light on social issues as well as providing her readers with a healthy dose of romance and happy-ever-afters. Originally from Pretoria in South Africa, Michelle moved to Australia and now calls Brisbane home.  Her books are deeply evocative and will transport you to another place - if only for a short while.  Michelle is a truly inspirational woman whom I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with. Click on the link below to listen. 

Queensland-based Amy Andrews is a USA Today best selling author who has written over seventy contemporary romances and sold over 3 million books.  I recently had the pleasure of reading the first novel in her Credence Colorado series "Nothing But Trouble".  A page-turning friends to lovers story with a cast full of interesting supporting characters that made this book a wonderfully entertaining read. Keep a look out for my chat with Amy. 

Amelia Mellor is a secondary school English teacher who studied creative writing and wrote her thesis on teen fantasy fiction.  Her debut novel, "The Grandest Bookshop in the World" has just been released in Australia by Affirm Press and is a fantastical adventure set in what was once an iconic Melbourne store known as the Coles Book Arcade.  This is a gorgeous book for middle-grade readers and a must-buy for Christmas!  I loved chatting with Amelia.  This interview will be up soon. 

Benjamin Stevenson is an award-winning stand up comedian and author whose first novel, "Greenlight" was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award in 2019. His second novel, “Either Side of Midnight” was released by Penguin Random House Australia on the 1st of September and wow does he know how to pack a punch with his writing! This novel was completely gripping and had me guessing til the very end.  I'm looking forward to sharing this interview in coming weeks. 

what I'm reading

Trust in dreams, for in them is the hidden gate to eternity.

- Khalil Gibran

BOOKS I LOVE

People always ask me for book recommendations.  And there's nothing I love more than to chat about books and find out what others are reading. 

If you're stuck for inspiration, here are some of my current reads.  But, if you're keen to learn more about what's hot on the Australian fiction scene, head over to my Podcast page, download an episode, make a cuppa and tune in to hear me chat to emerging and established writers about their books and their writing journeys.  

From the best-selling author of "The Florentine Bridge" and "The Memories that Makes Us" comes another heart-wrenching novel that will have you asking yourself 'what would I do?' Out on 7 August 2020, this is a book you should move to the top of your TBR pile. See my Events page to get details of my chat with Vanessa to celebrate the launch of this book. 

A highly exciting debut thriller from Melbourne-based journalist and reporter, Katherine Firkin.  If you enjoy crime, this is one to look out for.  A gritty urban crime novel that follows Detective Emmet Corban in his quest to solve the murders of three women. I was delighted to chat with Katherine recently for my podcast.  Click on the link below to tune in. 

Another wonderfully heart-warming story from one of my favourite authors, Sandie Docker. Make sure you have a box of tissues handy. This one's a tear-jerker.  I loved every minute of it. I chatted to Sandie about this book in a recent episode of the podcast. 

This is an exquisitely told tale of one woman's experience of motherhood, what it means to be a mother and. . .what it means to be human.  Set in a remote archeologists camp in Tanzania, this book follows Essie Lawrence - a young Australian woman living in Tanzania and what happens when one single event turns her world upside down. Click on the link to tune in to my chat with Katherine. 

How I loved this book!  Another fabulous, fun and insightful read about friendships and romance with a dash of intrigue thrown in for good measure from Australia's next Liane Moriarty.  A thoroughly delightful read that had me laughing out loud. To hear all about it, listen in to my chat with Cassie by clicking on the link. 

Karen Turner is an award-winning Melbourne-based novelist who has authored an incredible trilogy of sweeping historical romances - the latest of which is "Stormbird". An incredible, high-stakes story of forbidden love that had me completely enthralled.  A Downton Abbey meets Outlander saga that I just LOVED.  See link below for my fabulous chat with Karen. 

Imbi Neeme is a Melbourne-based author whose debut novel "The Spill' won the 2019 Penguin Literary Prize. A thought-provoking and intriguing read which delves into family dynamics and the way life can be altered by one single moment in time.  A deeply insightful read from an exciting new voice in Australian fiction. Click on the link to listen to my fun and wide-ranging chat with Imbi.

Lisa Ireland is one of Australia's favourite story-tellers.  Her latest novel, "The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan" follows the story of nearly 80 year old Shirley who plans to break her 83 year-old husband Frank out of his nursing home and take him on the holiday he's always dreamed of.  A poignant and heart-wrenching story that made me laugh and cry.  I was thrilled to chat with Lisa on the podcast recently. See link below. 

This has got to be one of the most hotly-anticipated releases of 2020. Released only recently to widespread critical acclaim, this debut from Anna Downes heralds an exciting new voice in Australian literature.  A terrific read that had me on the edge of my seat.  Stay tuned for my chat with Anna.Coming soon. 

Leah Swann's Sheerwater is one of the most compelling, kick in the guts novels I have read in a while.  A book that explores the lengths a mother will got to protect her children.  A high-stakes story that delves into the psyche of fear.  It had me completely hooked from start to finish. A definite must read. Click on the link below to tune into my chat with Leah. 

A breath-taking new book from Suzanne Leal.  It spans two timeframes, the past and the present and moves between Europe and Australia - documenting a tale of survival whose shock waves reverberate into the present. Click on the link below to watch a recording of my interview with Suzanne for Randwick City Library. 

Danielle Binks is a writer, reviewer, agent, book blogger  and passionate advocate for Australian young adult fiction whose debut novel was released earlier this year.  "The Year the Maps Changed" is a work of historical fiction which explores a period of Australian history not too far in the past - the plight of the Kosovar-Albanian refugees who were evacuated to Australia in the late 1990s.  A delightful coming-of-age story you will definitely want to put on your reading list. Click on the link to listen to me chat with Danielle. 

Rural fiction is going-gangbusters in Australia at the moment. This newest title is sure to bring a smile on readers faces.  The Farm At Peppertree Crossing" by Léonie Kelsall is a thoroughly delightful read that had me thinking of the characters long after I'd finished the book. Stay tuned for my chat with Léonie.  Coming soon.  

Another highly-anticipated debut, I'm looking forward to chatting to Kyle in coming weeks.  Stay tuned for my interview. 

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