Cartoonist Sarah Winifred Searle helped launch Stars in Their Eyes by Jessica Walton and Aśka at Rabble Books in Maylands. Here’s what she had to say about this new graphic novel for ages 12+.

Karen Herbert took to the stand on Wednesday 6 October to discuss her debut crime novel, The River Mouth, a small-town noir where long-kept secrets are bubbling up to the surface as part of this year’s A Shot in the Dark series. Karen was quizzed by Jane Seaton of Beaufort Street Books in Perth, with […]

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A Tale of Two Editors

In which, via a series of plot twists and non sequiturs, a prose editor gets around to asking a poetry editor about how and why she does what she does. Metaphors abound.

It’s been ten years since Detective Philip ‘Cato’ Kwong was introduced to the world. He was in his thirties then; the classical piano playing, cryptic crossword solving, stubborn obsessive was badly in need of redemption in both his career and his marriage. We first met him in Prime Cut, persona non grata, exiled to Stock […]

I believe comics to be a medium with a potential to tell unique and complex stories, by taking the reader on a personal journey. Below are five of my (many) favourite books. I recommend these highly if you’d like to see the masters at work, want to understand what the graphic novel fuss is all […]

Australia has voted and the results are in for the Better Reading Top 50 Kids book list! Coming in at number 17, Invisible Boys is one of a growing number of debut Australian books identified as a favourite read.

Emerging editor Kirsty Horton is the 2021 Minderoo Editor. The Minderoo Editorship provides funding for a position at Fremantle Press for three years. The program commenced in 2018 with the aim of fostering new Western Australian publishing talent, by helping entry-level editors develop editorial and project-management skills across all genres.

Mel and Shell is set in 1979. What was going on then? For Sandgropers of a certain age, you’ll remember that 1979 was promoted as the 150th anniversary of English settlement in Western Australia. There were fetes, re-enactments (including the Parmelia Yacht Race), and every primary school child was given a diary with lots of […]

‘Beyond the Wild Wood comes the Wide World,’ said the Rat. ‘And that’s something that doesn’t matter, either to you or me. I’ve never been there, and I’m never going, nor you either, if you’ve got any sense at all. Don’t ever refer to it again, please. Now then! Here’s our backwater at last, where […]

Setting is one of the tools in an author’s kit. Those of us who studied literature at school have all written essays on setting analysing how it contributes to mood and atmosphere, signalling what we can expect to happen in a scene. In Kate Atkinson’s book When Will There Be Good News? we know immediately […]

Fans of camembert and crime were treated to a criminally good talk when Sally Scott shared her cheese recommendations and talked about her debut cosy crime novel, Fromage, with Fiona Hardy from Readings Books in Melbourne on Wednesday 8 September.

Lawyer and debut author, Lisa Ellery, was taken to the witness stand on Wednesday 18 August to be questioned about her crime novel, Private Prosecution, by Fiona Stager from Avid Reader bookshop in Brisbane in the second A Shot in the Dark event of the year.

Congratulations to Helen Milroy, author of Backyard Bugs, Katie Stewart, author of What Colour is the Sea?  and Tracey Gibbs, author of Let’s Count Wildflowers for being shortlisted for this year’s Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards.

In his new memoir Second Innings: On Men, Mental Health and Cricket Barry Nicholls says, ‘Life is like facing an opening bowler: the pitch is unknown, the ball is new and you don’t know what will be delivered.’ He describes the book as a story about his passion for cricket and how the friendships formed […]

In early 2018, I decided to shake up my travel writing career by setting out on a huge journey by rail around Australia, from Far North Queensland to south-west Western Australia. It was a vast undertaking, involving seven long-distance trains (with an eighth as an epilogue), at various levels of comfort, along with side-trips in […]

My novel, The Night Village, begins with my shell-shocked main character, Simone, sitting in a London maternity ward holding a newborn baby and wondering exactly how she’s landed there. The next day she returns to her boyfriend Paul’s apartment and is plunged into her new life as a mother. A few weeks later, Paul’s cousin […]

I always love listening in to Josephine Taylor sharing her abundance of knowledge with enthusiasm and candour. I recently watched her chat to Fremantle Press publisher Georgia Richter on ‘Writing for History’ at the Great Big Book Club. The two spoke about vulvodynia, the central topic of Josephine’s novel, Eye of a Rook, history’s shunning […]

Alex Forrest’s Idle Torque: stories for classic car enthusiasts is for anyone who likes their yarns to smell like hot engine oil and roll like greased lightning. We chatted to Alex about the best bits.