THE PHILOSOPHER’S DAUGHTERS is a tale of two very different sisters whose 1890s
voyage from London into remote outback Australia becomes a journey of self-discovery,
set against a landscape of wild beauty and savage dispossession.
The idea for this new novel just wouldn’t let me alone. I kept imagining 1890s London and two strong young women, the daughters of a moral philosopher. Someone like...
SO why me with this privilege?– It’s humbling; I am not an expert in publishing and nor am I a well known activist on one of the key themes of the book - domestic violence.
However I am also a writer. A historian who believes in the power of good story telling. For social change.
“Economics shows how societies function. Writing fiction gives them meaning.” I find it
fun living in parallel universes -- the fictional world and the real one - and being able
to step in and out of each.
Of course creating a fictional world is hard work. Very hard work. And work that
requires the exercise of logic as well as inspiration. Although the fictional world
might allow the imagina...
‘Working-class domestic violence is a common theme in modern literature, as anyone who reads fiction will know, but there is very little that covers middle-class domestic violence’. You can read the full article online at The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/23/i-couldnt-stop-the-weekly-outbursts-of-violence-next-door-today-i-would-speak-up
Ever noticed the huge variation in book prices across bookstores and across countries? Wondered if you might do better with your book purchases if only you had the time to search across suppliers yourself? Asked yourself how you can track down books that weren’t published in the last couple of months? Here’s an Australian site that will do the searching for you: https://booko.com.au
Empathy helps us enjoy the arts and form strong friendships. We are often told that reading fiction and watching drama – be it film or television or theatre – can develop our moral imaginations and help us better understand ourselves and people around us. Empathy not only assists us form working theories of how individuals tick – the ‘theory of the mind’ – but it also helps us understand ho...
Ask any writer or publisher of fiction for their opinion on flashbacks in novels and you'll get a variety of responses. There will be a common theme however: that flashbacks should be used only sparingly. You’ll likely be told that flashbacks slow down the flow of the story, that by introducing flashbacks too early you lose all forward momentum, and that the inclusion of flashbacks will conf...