Publication day for The Philosopher’s Daughters was 2 April, 2020, a day when we were in lockdown to try to beat the dreaded Covid-19.
We had planned events in the UK, which is where The Philosopher’s Daughters is published. Needless to say, these events had to be cancelled and my trip to the UK had to be shelved too. To make things more complicated, the London warehouse went into lockdown so...
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Few would argue with the idea of having a public holiday to celebrate Australia’s nationhood. But attaching that holiday to the day that the First Fleet landed in Australia and claimed sovereignty over the eastern seaboard is much more debatable. Yet that linking of Australia Day with the landing of the First Fleet in 1788 has been in place...
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