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Our Name is on the Nose

Our Name is on the Nose

The name of this country is beginning to stink throughout the world. Week after week Tony Abbott’s behaviour shows we have elected a Prime Minister who is discourteous, aggressive, and has minimum concern for the universal regard of Australia. The world media has taken an axe to his blunt and callous reply, requesting help for…Read more

The Book Thief – A Review

The Book Thief – A Review

The Book Thief is considered by many to be their favourite novel, and the film that derives from it is a worthy choice as one of the cinema’s best-loved movies. It is a story that begins calmly, unfolding in Germany before bombs start to destroy towns during World War Two, and benefits from an elite…Read more

Radio Daze

Radio Daze

When I look back at the few years I earned a living by writing radio scripts, it feels like another journey in another world. We wrote in quarter hour blocks for serials, either family shows or thrillers that ran on radio from Monday to Thursday, the family shows mainly daytime and the thrillers broadcast at…Read more

The Grafton Library

The Grafton Library

For those of us who love books there is nothing to beat a well-run library, and it was my pleasure last week to be a guest of the new Grafton Library, at the invitation of Katrina Shillam and Cathy Ylias. They asked me to speak about my current book Above The Fold and what it…Read more

A Terrible Mistake, or Just Narcissim

A Terrible Mistake, or Just Narcissim

It is amazing the way some politicians take us members of the proletariat for dummies.   The current Prime Minister is one of the notable offenders, giving a glib excuse for his prompt dismissal of his party’s Chief Whip, on the grounds that he caused the P.M to make a terrible mistake.  This terrible mistake, Abbott…Read more

The Tyranny of Timeslots

The Tyranny of Timeslots

“The Drum” is a worthy and interesting discussion of current news that takes place each week day afternoon at 5.30 on the ABC.   A selected panel review and debate contemporary politics and events, but it suffers from one flaw.  It must give way to other programs just before 6 pm, even if discussions are unfinished. …Read more

The Empty Page

The Empty Page

My publisher Jennifer McDonald and her daughter Anna suggested I might write a short piece on how I go about creating a novel.  It’s not an easy subject to tackle, because of my twelve books in the past twenty years, there is no common factor.  Two were based on true stories (Land of Dreams and…Read more

Remembering Spike

Remembering Spike

I first met Spike Milligan on the fifth floor of a building above a fruit shop.  It was where he and a group of comedy writers had formed a unique co-operative, and the day looms large in my memory, for this meeting was an event that helped change my life.   I’d been in London only…Read more

Sydney’s Lost Theatres

Sydney’s Lost Theatres

If I had a New Year wish, it would be for the restoration of two theatres on the North Shore, for this is a section of the city that hardly needs to lose two lively and popular playhouses.  I remember each of them with some nostalgia.  In Miller Street, North Sydney, is what remains of…Read more

Save the ABC

Save the ABC

We all knew it would happen. The more the Prime Minister protested that it wouldn’t, the bigger the deceit and the more blatant the lie. Just when the ABC was getting nicely into its stride with a series of new local productions, the coalition made its inevitable move to strip it, and the SBS, of…Read more

Collected Works

Collected Works

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