Reviews, links & blog appearances
Australian Book Review (part is here, but rest behind paywall)
Michelle McLaren reviews The Secret Son for The Newtown Review of Books
Shark Tank and RedBalloon’s creator Naomi Simson, in an article about the four critical traits of highly successful people, mentions me and my book. (Disclosure: yes, we went to school together.) She posted it on her LinkedIn page and it’s gone nuts with more than 140,000 views. Hopefully some of those people are readers of fiction!
WA writer Amanda Curtin (editor and author of novels The Sinkings and Elemental, as well as short fiction collection Inherited) kindly hosted me on her blog looking up, looking down for her 2, 2 and 2 series. You can read it here
Culture Street had me on for their 5 books of influence series. I had to choose 5 books that influenced me, including one from childhood. Of course it was hard to pick, but Horton the Elephant got a slot. You can read about how Horton influenced the moral development of a young child, as well as the other 4 books chosen here
Otago Daily News, New Zealand – Complex Web as Family Mysteries and Secrets Unfold:
From North & South Magazine, NZ November 2015 issue:
Australian ‘outlaw’ Ned Kelly still captures our collective imagination today, and this inventive novel exploits this lasting fascination to create a thought-provoking story about loss, belonging and truth. [Ackland] weaves an entirely believable tale across two time frames, incorporating real-life characters with those from her imagination. From a remote Victorian bush town to the battle at Gallipoli, Ackland manages to join not just the dots of a modern-day mystery but also the sometimes destructive bonds that tie families together.
From The Gisborne Herald, NZ, Friday 18 September, 2015 review:
Many stories have arisen from the two world wars. The two conflicts have been the source for countless novels, histories, biographies, even fantasy fiction, all revolving around horrific events, the people and the culture.
In The Secret Son, Ackland has created another beautifully crafted story, borrowing from history and Turkish culture.
A mention in Arts Review, 1 September 2015
Other radio interviews (not podcast):
Radio Northern Beaches (Sydney) with David Harris (15 September)
Radio Southern FM – Write Now (Melbourne), with Gaytana Adorna (17 September)
ABC 612 Afternoons (Brisbane) with Kelly Higgins-Devine (22 September)
96.5 Inner FM (Melbourne), with Lucille Hughes (23 September)
Arts Breakfast (Adelaide), with Cath Kenneally (8 October)
The Secret Son cover appeared in Sunday Life magazine on 27 September.