Saturday, 13 May 2017

doubleBig news

New book, new publisher!

Night-night, Sleep Tight is a psychological thriller set against the backdrop of a vast, forested wilderness, and will be released for publication on 1st June, 2017 by Windeye Publishing.
Meg Dapsy’s family home has been destroyed in an arson attack. Her mother is dead and her father is missing, but Stella, the younger sister she’s always taken care of, has one secret too many… and it involves an old boyfriend.

With suspicion falling on a group of militant Animal Rights activists, Meg has no doubt where the blame really lies.  

It's been a while between novels, but having decided to say goodbye to my British publisher, I've followed much good advice and spent several months setting up my own independent publishing company: Windeye Publishing.

Wanting to get things absolutely right - in terms of interior book design, cover design, etc - and not wanting to risk another author's book on the first run, I decided to launch with Night-night, Sleep Tight. And I'm delighted with the result: it's everything I wished for.

It's already available for pre-order as an ebook in the global marketplace (Amazon, Kobo, Apple, etc) and should be available for pre-order as a paperback before long.

If you live in Australia, you can buy it direct from Windeye with free delivery, or, if you live in this part of Victoria, I'd love to see you at the launch, which will take place at Blarney Books & Art in Port Fairy on 10th June, 2017, from 6:00pm, as part of the 2017 Biblio-Art Opening and Awards night.

Across that same long, winter weekend in Port Fairy, my short play, Laundrette, will also be performed (premiered even) by the Port Fairy Theatre Group, along with 6 other plays. So it's tripleBig news really, I guess.

Night-night, Sleep Tight

Monday, 27 March 2017

The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink

The Woman on the StairsThe Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm a sucker for a flawed narrator, especially when the reader catches glimpses of those flaws ahead of the narrator's discovery of them in him or herself, but only as long as there's ample opportunity for redemption and the opportunities are eventually grasped. In part, these aspects drew me to the naive and unimaginative lawyer in Bernhard Schlink's wonderful The Woman on the Stairs: his inability to understand Irene Gundlach, the mysterious woman who modelled for the eponymous painting, coupled with his determination to be her shining knight - to 'save her' and have her love him... while failing to see that it was he who needed saving. Although his behaviour was a tad irritating at times (offset by the arrogance of both the artist and her ex-husband), the delightfully mellow narrative voice of this novel draws the reader along towards a beautiful, redemptive climax (albeit a far from expected one.) A rich novel.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

The Book of SpeculationThe Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Erika Swyler's The Book of Speculation is a delightful read. I entered its world after being disappointed by several other attempted reads (mainly novels by Booker Prize winners and short-listers) and found it to be a breath of fresh air. I particularly enjoy books that introduce hints of magic or that flirt with the surreal, without being too far-fetched and while remaining grounded in the 'ordinary every-day', and The Book of Speculation certainly satisfied this for me. Loved the two narratives - past and present - and the way they intertwined, and was quickly drawn to the characters (and their relationships) so that I wanted to see how each of their stories connected and played out. Nice one.

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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Penguin ... butcher

This shop sign conjures a range of graphic images. I recently came across it in the beautiful, north-west Tasmanian town of Penguin.