Why celebrate? Well, yesterday was the anniversary of that magnificent day in July when I was fortunate enough to land this spectacular human being. We were married in a turret of a Crusader castle overlooking the Aegean in the Turkish town of Bodrum… for the history buffs amongst you, Bodrum was the ancient city of …

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Forget where I’d LIKE to write. The question they should ask is where I actually end up writing. Where I’d LIKE to be writing is in my book-lined study, on my antique French oak partners’ desk. Instead, I’m beside the ball pit at Lollipops indoor playground, supervising my completely fabulous daughter and niece as they …

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Jock Serong is an exceptional Australian writer. He also needs to stay away from the native wildlife. Should I have helped him escape the clutches of New Zealand’s tuatara? Possibly. But he’s a living fossil, and an endangered one at that, for God’s sake. He needs to be handled carefully…. the tuatara, I mean. Jock’s …

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Jeffreys Books in Glenferrie Road, Malvern was my refuge as a child. While other kids were sinking their hard earned pocket money into whatever it was that other kids were buying in the 1980s, I was investing in books from Jeffreys. I still have half a shelf’s worth of dog-eared Penguin Classics I bought there, …

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