The Silence by Susan Allot

I read this in one sitting. The Silence has a strong opening chapter. We meet Isla, a woman struggling with alcoholism living in London in the late 90's, when she gets a call from her father in Sydney, Australia, asking her to come home. He's being investigated for the murder of a woman who lived …

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Force Of Nature by Jane Harper

On a workplace team building exercise, five women head into the bush in Australia. At the end of the trip, only four emerge. As the women start to tell their story, it's clear that someone is lying. What really happened on that trip? Did someone find out that the missing woman was also an informant …

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Summer with Macabella Spread: New Recipes with Chocolate Macadamia

You guys probably know that I love Macabella Spread, so when the lovely people there got in touch with me and asked me if I'd like to be part of their Summer campaign, I said I'd love to. Macabella is a macadamia nut and Belgian chocolate spread that you can have on toast, use in …

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My life as a writer and blogger…and why I hate the phrase “you’re so lucky”.

Every now and then people will wrinkle an eye brow at me and ask about my accent. They usually guess Canadian, but I'm Australian. It's almost always followed up with questions about why I'm crazy enough to have moved from paradise to London... A week or two ago I wrote a bit about how I …

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Happy Valley – Patrick White

Written when the author was just 27, this book about characters in small town Australia contains elements of stream of consciousness and experimental literature that made it famous at the time, and yet White would not allow it’s reprint in his life time. An excellent first time novel, something about the story and characters feels …

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