Shadow Over Edmund Street by Suzanne Frankham

Crafting a fine short story is a skill perhaps more closely akin to poetry writing than novel writing. However, success in short fiction can be a predictor of quality book-length work, and I’m happy to report this is the case with Suzanne Frankham’s developing career as an author following her first career in science. After …

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You Had It Coming by B M Carroll

Written with care, You Had It Coming reveals the impact of sexual violence as it ripples through everyone it touches. Carroll’s care and skill also bring this distressing story towards a place of hope and healing. I recommend it highly. BM Carroll’s You Had It Coming hits the ground running with a Sydney ambulance being …

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TV drama Vs the novel: The pros and cons with Debra Oswald

Through most of my forty years as a writer, I’ve jumped between novels, plays and television scripts. Across all of those, the mission feels essentially the same – doing my best to conjure up intriguing characters and a story that will be gripping, moving, surprising but always plausible. If you peeked into my house when …

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White Throat by Sarah Thornton cover art

White Throat by Sarah Thornton

Disgraced former lawyer Clementine Jones is on the shores of paradise—Queensland’s Great Sandy Straits—trying to outrun her past. Clementine (Clem) Jones, the creation of Queensland-based author Sarah Thornton, is a former corporate attorney left remorseful and unemployed following an error of judgement that saw her gaoled. In Lapse (2019), Thornton’s debut novel, Clem’s leadership and problem-solving skills …

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Widow’s Island by L A Larkin

Widow’s Island isn’t the most complex thriller of its type, but its rhythm leads you easily into down the dark path of the story and on to a satisfying conclusion. Widow’s Island opens on a peculiar, standalone first-person scene set in 2007. In it, an unnamed man and a woman named Emma are travelling on the Whisper …

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