1. Bendigo Writers Festival is on this weekend. I'm seeing a stream of tweets in my feed. Looks like some good sessions, but what I've really noticed are the staging and flower arrangements. Gorgeous. One day I'll get up there for the festival.   2. And on aesthetics, here is an article from today about [...]


Battling on with Sir Salman

I am in the final stages of Midnight's Children and what a struggle it is. This is not a novel that will give itself over to me in any way. Just when I think I'm getting a grip, it slips away from me, like one of the frequent snake motifs scattered through the book, or [...]

Plans for 2016

As I said before, this is my Year of Reading India. The rules are I don't buy any new local or overseas fiction, with the following exceptions: my friend's book, coming out this year some time books that fit into my written by an Indian author/set in India/about India books that are necessary for my reading [...]

The Secret Son on State Library of Victoria’s Summer Reads List

During the week I saw a link from SLV about their Summer Reads. I'm really happy that my novel The Secret Son has been included in their list of ten recommended reads; books set in Victoria, about Victorians or written by Victorians. (My novel fits all 3 categories!) The other books include Leap by Myfanwy Jones, who I only [...]