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MAN WHO INVENTED THE SENSATIONAL HEADLINE DIES IN BIG DISASTER!!

One hundred and one years ago today, the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic; on board was one of the greatest newspapermen of his age, and the most famous Englishman on the ship – William Thomas Stead. Who? You have … Continue reading

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THE 19 FUNNIEST BOOK COVERS EVER (AND ONE REALLY WEIRD ONE)

I have a stitch in my side after researching this post. I am obsessed with covers, possibly because I have had so many bad ones foisted on me by publishers through my life. Luckily now that I have Jen Talty … Continue reading

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THE SECRET THAT THE WORLD’S GREATEST MYSTERY WRITER NEVER REVEALED

At quarter to ten on the evening of Friday, December 3, 1926, an up and coming crime writer left her home in Berkshire, England saying she was going out for a drive. She first went upstairs to kiss her sleeping … Continue reading

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DO WE STICK WITH A GENRE OR WRITE WHAT WE FEEL?

Today, I’d like to post this piece from someone I greatly admire, Julia Robb. She’s a really good writer; she has that indefinable thing called ‘voice.’ But just let me say from the outset: I don’t agree with what Julia … Continue reading

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SO THEN. WHAT DO WE ALL THINK ABOUT CRITICS?

“Has anybody ever seen a drama critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to no good.” PG Wodehouse said that. I think it would be fair to say that authors have an equivocal relationship … Continue reading

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HOW TO AVOID A GRIZZLY END

Want to avoid a grizzly end? Then don’t read to the finish! But first: tired of those boring safety announcements at the start of every flight? Here’s how Air New Zealand put a little fun back into it.

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3 THINGS A RUSSIAN PRINCESS TAUGHT ME ABOUT WRITING

Last month I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Belgrade Book Fair. I have been to quite a few Book festivals in Australia and Asia; and of course I’ve heard about the book fairs in Frankfurt, London … Continue reading

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HOW TO GO VIRAL WITHOUT REALLY TRYING: UPDATE

Here’s the latest: Chet from Mamami went to some lengths to find me and write to me, and has now written to the Daily Mail in the UK and News Com in Australia about the theft. Good on her. And … Continue reading

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WHAT IS FREEDOM OF SPEECH? ARE WE ALLOWED TO SAY?

Having just returned from the Ubud Readers and Writers festival in Bali and met so many writers who have fought for the right to write, to say what they think or feel without the threat of imprisonment – or worse … Continue reading

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AFTER THE DARK, THE LIGHT IS BORN: THE BALI WRITERS’ FESTIVAL

On the 12th October, 2002 a violent Islamic sect detonated two bombs in a crowded nightclub on Kuta, Bali, killing 202 people and injuring 240 more, many of whom suffered horrific burns. 88 of the people who died were Australians … Continue reading

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