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It was time to come home

It was time to come home

In the recent tsunami of love for Gough, one member of the family seems to have been forgotten.   No disrespect to Gough, but I remember Margaret Whitlam with great affection.  Back in 1974 I found myself at Government house in Kirribilli.   It was a party in honour of Margaret, given by people she had worked…Read more

Above the Fold – where the headlines are

Above the Fold – where the headlines are

Above The Fold has been almost three years in the making. It has been written and rewritten, which my good friend Morris West would approve of. “Rewrite and then rewrite again,” has been the credo of other friends, like Bryce Courtenay, quite different from Morris, but both great storytellers. The book has had other titles,…Read more

In Praise of Local Libraries

In Praise of Local Libraries

There was a time in my distant youth when we had no municipal libraries where books could be freely borrowed.   It was 1935 before a law was passed in New South Wales allowing local councils to establish libraries for the benefit of those who lived in the district, a transformation that evolved slowly for the…Read more

Featured Book- Against the Tide

Featured Book- Against the Tide

Research is never wasted. Before I went to England I was a 23 year old radio writer concerned with shows like “Nightbeat”, “Famous Trials” and a thriller called “The Long Shadow”, when out of the blue came an offer to write the script of a musical. It was to be a story of the Snowy…Read more

The Clifton Chronicles

The Clifton Chronicles

No-one can deny that Jeffrey Archer has led a colourful life. Surviving several scandals during his years as a member of parliament, he was charged in 2000 with perjury and perverting the course of justice. Archer was irrepressible; at the same time he wrote a play about a trial performed at the Theatre Royal, and…Read more

Death of a Friend – The Murrumbidgee Kid

Death of a Friend – The Murrumbidgee Kid

I remember Bill Kerr for many things. First of all playing the role of Humphrey Bogart in Woody Allen’s stage success “Play It Again Sam”, in London. It was an astonishing performance. Bill had become a close friend of ours, and he knew my wife and I were in the audience, so he kept on…Read more

The Heist – A Review

The Heist – A Review

Daniel Silva’s novels are crisp with action that moves from one European city to another, and enriched with bizarre characters. In this new book The Heist, there is a disgraced British spy, a one-eyed Italian police chief, a skilful art thief, and a professional killer from Corsica. (And these are the goodies!) Plus Silva’s main…Read more

Featured Book – Glory Girl

Featured Book – Glory Girl

First there were the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina, who astonished the world by flying a heavier than air machine. After them came a series of national and international heroes who linked continents around the world by air – Louis Bleriot, who flew a monoplane across the English Channel;…Read more

My Week With Marilyn

My Week With Marilyn

Not a new movie, but I was fortunate enough to be given the DVD of My Week With Marilyn by my publisher, Jennifer McDonald, to watch at home recently. It had a particular interest for me, as I knew the author of the book, Colin Clark, on which the story was based. Colin had just…Read more

A Distant Shore

A Distant Shore

Just over a hundred and fifty people, including many children, were recently transferred from a ship they’d been held on for almost a month, taken to the Curtin detention centre, then to Nauru, without being able to consult their lawyers.   It reminded me of The Tampa and other ocean encounters twelve years ago that made…Read more

Collected Works

Collected Works

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