Deadlines, an imprint of Twelfth Planet Press, Australia 2019
Livia Day, who also writes as Tansy Rayner Roberts, will appear at the Terror Australis Festival in Cygnet Tasmania from 1 to 3 November 2019.
This is a cozy café crime novel and
hence about murder and some mayhem, but it is also a book about friendships,
both female and male-female.
We are treated to lots of fun in this
somewhat kooky and very youthful novel, the fourth in the Café la Femme series.
You don’t need to have read the previous three, but this has whetted my
appetite to do so.
Ventura Press, Australia, 2018 Angela Meyer will appear at the Terror Australis festival in Cygnet Tasmania between 1 and 3 November 2019
Richly redolent of Mann and Kafka, this is a disturbing surreal debut novel by Angela Meyer.
Two principal characters occupy this story – Leonora Duncan in the 1860s in Scotland and the person we eventually learn to be Jeff in a just slightly future present, a dying man who moves from Australia to Scotland to escape his own life and the possible surveillance of the unnamed authorities. He is in search of release and freedom in a way, but is unable to govern his own parasitic desires.
Featuring Clare Therese Hedley, Katrina Wiseman and Nathaneal Patterson Saturday 26 October 2019 at 3:30pm – 5pm St Philip’s Anglican Church, MacPherson Street O’Connor
Canberra Opera’s final recital brings the much-loved works of Mozart to Canberra audiences with pieces from The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan tutte and The Magic Flute.
Clare Therese Hedley has been involved with Canberra Opera since
2016 and was a part of the chorus in their 2017 production of Die
Fledermaus. Clare took on her first principal role with Canberra Opera as
Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte in 2018 where she again had the opportunity
to work with Ghillian Sullivan.
What’s WOW and why were we there? Canberrans will know that Wellington, like Nara and Beijing, is one of our sister cities. Canberra’s population is about 390,000; Wellington’s is about 413,000. Both are the capital cities of our nations.
Our experiences of Wellington over many years confirm that it is a city which does well in the arts and culture stakes as well as being very live-able and pleasant to visit as a tourist.
Meditations on the survivor stories from the ‘Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’, and the culture of secrecy and justification within the Catholic Church Tuggeranong Arts Centre 3 to 26 October 2019
Paul Michael Murray, draws on personal accounts, research and
reflection to try and understand the theology and psychology that leads to a
culture of child sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.
Impact Press, an imprint of Ventura Press, Australia, 2017
Joanna Baker will be at the Terror Australis Festival in Cygnet, Tasmania, from 31 October to 3 November 2019
This is a story about motherly love and family, clothed in a dark tale of violence, betrayals and secrets. We are taken deeply into the lives of two women, friends Veronica, an artist, and Lesley, a gallerist.
Whilst the story could well have been called ‘Looking for Roland’, as much of the novel has Veronica in search of her elusive son, its title The Slipping Place holds a much greater meaning than its role as the name of a place the women visited with their sons during their childhood.
For Pity Sake Publishing, Australia, 2019 Dorothy Johnston will be in the Hall of Writers at Terror Australia Festival on Friday 1 November 10am to 4pm, Cygnet Town Hall, with publisher Jen McDonald and fellow For Pity Sake writer Sara Dowse (As the lonely fly, 2019).
Declared interest: Barbie Robinson, who wrote this blog, is the designer for the internals of this book.
The many fans of Dorothy Johnston’s
sea-change mysteries will not be disappointed by this third novel. It’s
atmospheric, a little bit creepy and strange, but as with its two predecessors,
imbued with a sense of place – in this
case, the small seaside town of Queenscliff Victoria, but it could, I guess, be
any small seaside town. They have their secrets and silences.
Piatkus, Great Britain, 2016 Shamini Flint will be at the Terror Australia Festival in Cygnet 1 to 3 November 2019.
This is the seventh in the Inspector
Singh series. Where have you been all my life, Inspector Singh?
Inspector Singh is a Sikh policeman based in Singapore, but his investigations take him far afield, this time to London. His presence in London, ostensibly, is to take part in a Commonwealth conference on policing and community relations.
Palace Electric Canberra 24 September – 16 October 2019
The 20th Italian Film Festival features 26 recent films and two retrospectives including Bertolucci’s five-hour epic, 1900.
It opens with The Champion, set in in the world of professional, millionaire footballers, and finishes with the Australian premiere of Ron Howard’s biopic Pavarotti, the tenor who became an international superstar from the early 1960s until his death in 2007.
First conceived some years ago, Why Neville
shot Gus is at once a crime novella and an exercise in the principles of
crime writing – by someone who has taught the craft. It would spoil the story
to go into too much detail, but suffice it to say that David Owen takes us
through his usual circuitous paths drawing disparate threads to a satisfying
We meet each character in some detail as the story
proceeds, without always having an inkling of connections but knowing there is
one that will be revealed. The disconnected threads do weave together though
and the titular character of Neville eventually yields his bigger story.
This is the ninth of David Owen’s Pufferfish
series, a complex winding story which delves into all kinds of seedy and nasty
aspects of criminal activity and human behavior without, however, giving us the
creeps. It is David Owen’s rich sense of humour that keeps us grounded in this
story of murder, violence, cruelty, drugs, deception and betrayal.
Whilst humour is not necessarily part of crime fiction, it seems that the best of the genre’s authors demonstrate a healthy sense of not taking themselves entirely seriously.
This is Suzanne Edgar’s fourth solo
collection of verse. Divided into sections that lead us through a kind of story
line, it is a collection of intimate vignettes, in which there is remembrance
and much pain along with conscious happiness. These are intimate poems in which
the writer has allowed us to glimpse her vulnerable joys and sorrows.
The sections are: The healing
light, Where two walls meet, True minds, Watchers, For want of a spoon and
Water sleekly falls.
This is a debut novel for Sydney writer Lauren Chater, a story set in Estonia mostly between 1939 and 1941, that exposes the dire human consequences of WWII and successive occupations by the Russians, the German Nazis and the Soviets.
It is also about the importance of cultural identity and the objects and practices that allow a people to hold onto this despite awful events unfolding around them.
Beautiful Biscuits inspired by Great Literature Simon and Schuster 2018
Proving that not only is she a fine
writer of historical fiction, Lauren Chater has also shown her domestic goddess
side with this delightful cookie cookbook based on her popular The Well-Read
Drawing on her eclectic personal reading list – as diverse as Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) and It (Stephen King) – Lauren has created bespoke cookies inspired by themes or characters therein. She includes information about how to wrangle royal icing, necessary and desirable equipment, baking techniques and the like.