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Short blogging break…


  1. Taking a short break from blogging while I recuperate
  2. from a hip operation.
  3. There are so many reviews you can find on the blog
  4. …see Monthly Planning and Archive.
  5. I’ll be back in 2 weeks….
  6. …ready to start #AUSReadingMonth2019 @ Bronasbooks!


HQ…for the next two weeks!



#RIPXIV Aurealis Award Best Horror Book 2018



  1. Once again I am leaving my comfort zone.
  2. Will this book leave me white-kunckled
  3. ….cringing in fear with
  4. …heightened pulse, sweaty palms and a
  5. sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.
  6. I am about to find out!



  1. Imagine the worst criminals in history, not executed for their crimes
  2. but condemned to preservation and imprisonment.
  3. A life sentence, and then some.
  4. Execution or eternal life? Which is worse? Which is better?
  5. Phillipa is a nurses aide in a home
  6. for the elderly (all….dementia patients).
  7. She is leaving for a 1 year internship in The Time Ball Tower.
  8. Phillippa: ” The tower never left me.
  9. I’d dream about it, hallucinate it when I was away.
  10. It calls to the best of us, they say.”


  1. Cover: The Time Ball Tower
  2. Symbolism: Ball dropping every day, keeping time
  3. Setting: small town in Australia, Tempuston (tempus; Latin for time)
  4. Motif: camera.…Phillipa is constantly taking photographs!



Strong point:

  1. Chapter 1:   Phillipa Muskett
  2. This must be the longest first chapter
  3. …I ever read! (reading time: 2 hours!)
  4. But Kaaron Warren is setting the scene


  1. ...leaving a path ‘hooks, moments of tension’
  2. …that overwhelmed this reader.
  3. …I noted  at least 24 moments of reflection by Phillipa
  4. giving the reader a good impression about
  5. her wants (be famous), fears and hopes for the future.


  1. Many characters stop to give her advice before she
  2. leaves for a year in The Time Ball Tower
  3. Burnett (suffers from dementia, was keeper in 1868!)
  4. ….is still patient in elderly home! (time travel?, ghost?)
  5. BFF Renata (grandmother is a witch!)
  6. Phillipa’s Grandmother (Frances Styles, keeper 1938)
  7. Photography teacher
  8. and especially Kate Hoff (keeper 2010)
  9. She gives Philippa the most important advice:.
  10. how to act with the prisoners
  11. because they can
  12. “Smell of a woman…makes them difficult.”
  13. Kate also give Phillipa all the report files
  14. …written by keepers who have served
  15. in The Tower in the past!
  16. I am sitting on the edge of my seat because
  17. …Philippa is about to read them all!
  18. I expect  a lot of ‘shock and awe” in this book!


Weak point:

  1. After an exciting first chapter (18 % of the book)
  2. we read the ‘secret files’ from the Tower keepers.
  3. Quirky, repetitive…but not scary at all! (44 % of the book).
  4. Warren often refers to a personage from history
  5. Hess, Jacob H. Smith, Baron von Sternberg
  6. …and you have to consult Wikipedia to learn more about
  7. some unfamiliar names.
  8. Every file ends in a report that is identical for all keepers
  9. with an exception for Frances Styles, an a few mention that
  10. the prisoner does not need a bath.
  11. This just felt gimmicky.
  12. It does not add to the  horror element of the book.


Strong or weak point?

  1. Palpable sexually oriented glaze over many elements
  2. of the story when Phillippa
  3. …is finally the keeper in The Tower. (62 % of the book)
  4. Does this increase the ‘horror element”
  5. …or is it good for book sales?
  6. You decide.
  7. Personally…I wish Warren was
  8. a more creative  writer
  9. …rather than use the pornographic angle.


Weak point:

  1. There isn’t very much tension in the last section
  2. Phillipa as keeper.
  3. Prisoners babble on and on…nothing we haven’t
  4. heard before in the book.
  5. I try to keep engaged by noting how Phillipa
  6. is changing from the first day as keep….until her last.
  7. That is the only real interesting part at this point
  8. Where’s the horror? 
  9. I’m not seeing it!
  10. I expected much more from a
  11. an Aurealis Awards prize 
  12. …Best Horror book of 2018!


Weak point:

  1. Well, I did not find the shock and awe
  2. …I expected in this book
  3. Warren gives the reader and ‘information dump’ in chapter 1
  4. ….and now you have to try to connect that information with
  5. the individual keepers who have written reports.
  6. This involved flipping back and forth to chapter one.
  7. This is one way to structure a book
  8. …but I found it ruined the flow of the narrative.
  9. It became irritating.


Last Thoughts;

  1. Honestly, I enjoyed Warren’s book (2017)
  2. The Grief Hole  much more than this book!
  3. 44% of the book was ‘filling” – keeper’s files.
  4. Plot twists with a bit of tension started
  5. on page 346…..91% of the book!
  6. I was expecting lightning in a bottle
  7. …and only I got static electricity on the rug!
  8. #Disappointment


Kaaron Warren


#AWW 2019 Gabbie Stroud “Teacher”



  1. Gabrielle Stroud was a primary school teacher from 1999 to 2015.
  2. In 2014, Gabrielle Stroud was a very dedicated teacher.
  3. Months later, she resigned in frustration and despair.
  4. She realized that the Naplan-test education model
  5. …was stopping her from teaching individual children
  6. …according to their needs and talents.
  7. Gabrielle tells the full story:
  8. how she came to teaching…
  9. what makes a great teacher…
  10. what our kids need from their teachers…
  11. and what it was that finally broke her.



  1. This book is a good effort of a teacher moving
  2. from the classroom into a writing career.
  3. I’m sure we will be hearing more from Gabbie Stroud
  4. and I hope her writing skills will be even better.
  5. I have seen many reviews on Goodreads and I
  6. cannot agree:  this is not a 5 star book.
  7. It is enjoyable but not profound.
  8. In my opinion...less is more:
  9. less family backround
  10. — mother, sisters, boyfriend, chit-chat with daughters
  11. even more reflections about teaching
  12. — chapter 16 a teaching adventure at a Heritage School
  13. in Canada was wrapped up in less than a chapter!
  14. I’m sure there must be more to tell.
  15. Writing style: this all comes down to the reader’s
  16. own preferences.
  17. I felt that Stroud could improve her writing by
  18. less use of clichés...
  19. Ch 8:
  20. I felt older, fatigued but the cup was still half full….”
  21. Ch 26:
  22. “…the glass is half full…but the water didn’t taste right.”
  23. Ch 30:
  24. “We all fall down Gab, our true measure is how we rise up.”
  25. Ch 30
  26. ” I did’t leave teaching….teaching left me.”
  27. Dialogue: is conversational, simple.
  28. Pathos: There were very few experiences
  29. …that stirred up my emotions of pity, sympathy, and sorrow.
  30. Problems were mentioned..but in a light, fluffy tone.
  31. I was not swept away by Stroud’s story
  32. …as I was  with the personal essays of written
  33. Ashleigh Young in “Can You Tolerate This?
  34. This is the type of depth in the writing I hoped
  35. Stroud would tell me about….the teaching profession.


  1. What finally broke Stroud? ( my opinion)
  2. Teaching was changing too fast
  3. …and Stroud’s adaptation was too slow.
  4. Jack Welch…CEO of General Electric Company 1981-2001
  5. phrased it perfectly.
  6. ..and we all can learn from it:
  7. When the rate of change on the outside
  8. …exceeds the rate of change on the inside
  9. …then the end is near.”


Last Thoughts:

  1. There was one spark in chapter 5 that
  2. I thought would ignite the book:
  3. Core message…
  4. ” You showed me how to teach
  5. …now show me how to be a teacher.”
  6. Unfortunately this memoir/biography…fizzled out. 
  7. I hate flat soda.



#RIPXIV: E.A. Poe Imp of the Perverse

Author:  Edgar Allan Poe
Genre: short story in the horror genre
Title:  The Imp of  the Perverse
Published:  July 1845  in Graham’s Magazine
Length of story:  4 pages [16 paragraphs]
Published by  Penguin Books
Setting: 1830-1840’s in prison cell, narrator tells his story…how he got on death row
Theme:  an impulse forcing people to act irrationally




• The Imp of  the Perverse is a  short story that begins as an essay.
• It discusses the  narrator’s self-destructive impulses, embodied as  The Imp of  the Perverse.
• Poe wrote it to justify his own actions of self-torment and self-destruction.
• Many of Poe’s characters display a failure to resist The Imp of  the Perverse.
• Murder in The Black Cat
• Narrator in Tell Tale Heart
• The opposite  is displayed in the character  C. Auguste Dupin.
• He exhibits reason and deep analysis.


• Part 1 Is written in essay style mentioning subjects
• in philosophical terms (primum mobile, à posteriori) ), logic (phrenology) and mysticism (Kabbala)
• Poe cleverly reveals the ‘narrator’s own ‘imp’ by being so wordy!
• The narrator admits he has always wanted to anger the listener (reader) with confusing language.
• “The impulse increases to a wish, the wish to a desire, the desire to an uncontrollable longing….”
• “I am one of the many uncounted victims of the Imp of the Perverse.” (pg 281)
• Part 2 contains the narrators story….
• He inherits an estate after murdering its owner.
• He ends up on death row after a perverse impulse causes him to confess the murder.


• The Narrator: An apparently demented man who appears intelligent and well educated.
• The Listener:  Unnamed person listening to the narrator’s story.
• Madame Pilau: Woman who died after inhaling the smoke from an accidentally poisoned candle.
• The Murder Victim: Unnamed person whose property passed to the narrator.
• Pedestrians:  People who witness the narrator’s confession.


Style:  first person point-of-view with an unreliable narrator
• Had I not been thus prolix, you might either have
• misunderstood me altogether or […] fancied me mad. (pg 283)


Symbols:   Imp
• This is a spirit that tempts a person to do things….they would normally not do.
• Poe explains that the  ‘imp’  is an impulse in each person’s mind.


• Alliteration:  laconic and luminous language (pg 281)
• Climax: Poe uses a climax words that are arranged  to increase their importance.
• “The impulse increases to a wish, the wish to a desire, the desire to an uncontrollable longing, and the longing ( to the deep regret and mortification of the speaker and in defiance of all consequences) in indulged.” (pg 282)


Voice of Poe:
• Poe states we use the word ‘perverse’ without really knowing what is means.
• Perverse = headstrong, obstinate, contradictory
• Poe is a master when it comes to entering human thoughts.
• He describes how we ‘put off until tomorrow that we could do today’ because we are perverse.
• With each passing day the anxiety grows.
• I do exactly what Poe describes…
• when I have to make an appointment for the dentist!
• “The clock strikes, and is the knell of our welfare.” (pg 282)


Voice of Poe:
• In  paragraph 6  we read one of the famous lines:
• “ We stand upon the brink of a precipice.”
• Poe describes the uncontrollable urge to jump.
• I could only think of the Austrian, Felix Baumgartner.
• In 2012 he stood who on the ‘precipice’ of space before making his famous skydive from the stratosphere!
• Goosebumps!


• This is one of Poe’s  lesser known works.
• I expected great writing and got loopy sentences going on and on about nothing!
• After further reading I realized this was Poe’s intention….to irritate the reader!
• The story just kept getting better and better.
Weak point:  the first 4 paragraphs are difficult to get through.
• This almost deterred and discouraged me…but I did not stop!
Strong point: the story in itself is ‘perverse’ .
• Poe deliberately  uses confusing writing and structure to irritate the reader.
• A writer usually wants to please the reader!
• Poe preforms this “perverse” act that defies logic and reason.


Last thoughts:
• I thought I would just breeze through 4 pages of The Imp of the Perverse.
• How wrong I was.
• I have read each and every word in this story…twice!!
• That is an accomplishment in itself.
• Below is a summation of each paragraph.
• Read it ….or read the story first ……your choice.
• I was surprised by the style, structure and  plot.
• Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe are works of art….
• …and deserve a high score.


#RIP XIV The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe



The Man That Was Used Up: Poe’s Place in American Literature

  1. Reading time 1 hr 15 min
  2. Discussion: about Poe’s character by biographers in the the late 19th C
  3. his alcoholism, inability to sympathize, fickleness, ugly humor, ill- tempered
  4. Paradox: Poe was unappreciated, rejected….but
  5. …this aura of mystery was good for business (bookselling)
  6. Why is Poe considered the most characteristic American poet?
  7. — he was beaten down by American materialism
  8. — he did not copy the English literary tradition
  9. — he explored the pathological side of American temperament
  10. — he was curious, interest toward the most strange and odd mysteries
  11. Conclusion: Poe was torn to pieces by many biographers but in
  12. 20th C  he has been rebuilt into an ever more fascinating public figure



A Dream Within a Dream: Poe and  Psychoanalysis

  1. Reading time 1 hr 15 min
  2. Discussion: Psychoanalysis could inspire new,
  3. inventive ways of reading Poe.
  4. Helicopter view…
  5. of several writers who have psychoanalyzed
  6. Poe’s writing:
  7. L. Purette, D.H. Lawrence, Marie Bonaparte, J. Robertson, J. Krutch
  8. …J. Lacan and many more.
  9. …looking at the anatomy of Poe’s unconscious.
  10. Conclusion:
  11. Basically this essay is about  ‘What made Poe tick?
  12. Some insights made by Bonaparte sounded a bit
  13. far-tetched “…when Poe was tempted by living women, drink
  14. cleared the way for ‘flight’ and kept him faithful to his dead mother.”
  15. Honestly, this essay was more about the analysts
  16. ….pages and pages about Lacan,
  17. …then Poe himself!


Out of Space, Out of Time: From Early Formalism to Deconstruction

  1. Reading time 1 hr 02 min
  2. Discussion: is about 1950s New Criticism
  3. ….the deficiencies and limitations of Poe’s work.
  4. Not every critic feel Poe’s works  should
  5. allowed into the temple of high literary art.
  6. Critics Brooks and Warren state:
  7. “…when you learn to read more carefully you’ll see
  8. that he’s (Poe) only a little better than pulp fiction
  9. …you read for pleasure.”
  10. Emerson had famously called Poe “the Jingle Man”
  11. because his poems sounded jingly, gimmicky!
  12. Conclusion: The critics want to teach me how to
  13. read Poe….I wish they would just let me enjoy his
  14. writing instead of  trying to dissect Poe with structuralism,
  15. Post structuralism, and Deconstructism mumbo jumbo.
  16. The essay was filled with themes and philosophical issues.
  17. #Challenge


The Man of the Crowd: The Socio-Historical Poe

  1. Reading time 1 hr
  2. Discussion: In 1980s placing Poe’s text 
  3. in question to other texts in the
  4. same period with emphasis on
  5. representations of race, gender and class.
  6. Conclusion: Again critics who insinuate the
  7. The Black Cat is  figure for the abused slave
  8. …seems far-fetched.
  9. #IAmNotBuyingIt


Lionizing: Poe as Cultural Signifier

  1. Reading time 50  min
  2. Discussion: The pop-culture Poe
  3. Why has Poe proved so resilient over
  4. …150 years after his death?
  5. Peeples reviews books, plays, films and comics
  6. …entertainment derived from
  7. …Poe and his works.
  8. Conclusion:  readable



  1. We all know the uses of research material is
  2. a vital component to writing.
  3. Scott Peeples has cited  about 350 works to
  4. create these essays.
  5. That feels a bit excessive
  6. for 5 essays with reading times of 1 hour 15 min.
  7. Great thoughts yes, but there is  much
  8. ….cutting an pasting of direct quotes throughout the essays.
  9. This results in a confusion of voices and disrupts
  10. the flow of information.
  11. The writer must do more than parrot information!
  12. I did cherry pick some good insights about Poe and
  13. his writing but it was a laborious task.
  14. #NotWorthMyReadingTime
  15. …but you may enjoy this book!



Sign-Up #RIPXIV Challenge

You can SIGN UP  RIP XIV here.


  1. Rules: Read or watch dark, creepy, gothic books, films or TV  shows.
  2. Timeline: 01 September and 31 October.
  3. Hashtag: #RIPXIV
  4. Scope: The the challenge is set up very broadly, to include all of these genres:
Dark Fanta


There are multiple levels of participation (Perils):

  • Peril the First – Read 4 books, any length, that fit the definition of R.I.P. literature.
  • Peril the Second – Read 2 books of any length.
  • Peril the Third – This Peril involves reading 1 book.
  • Peril of the Short Story – You can read short stories.
  • Peril on the Screen – You can watch scary, eerie, mysterious, gothic
  • movies or TV shows
  • Peril of the Review – Submit a short review of any book you read. (optional)
  • You may participate in one or all of the various Perils.


My list:

  1. The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe Scott Peeples  – (non fiction)
  2. Imp of the Perverse (short story) – E.A. Poe
  3. Tide of Stone – K. Warren  winner Aurealis Award 2018 BEST horro novel
  4. ??




#Poetry Wislawa Szymborska

  • Author: Wislawa Szymborska (1923 – 2012)
  • Title: Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts: Seventy Poems by Wislawa Szymborska
  • Genre: poems
  • Published: 1981
  • Table of contents: 261 pages
  • Trivia: Wislawa Szymborskawas awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 1996.
  • Trivia: I could stare at Szymborka’s photo for hours!
  • She looks like the cat that swallowed the canary.
  • A person who appears self-satisfied especially
  • …while concealing something  mischievous.



  1. I saw an interview with Szymborska and
  2. …this is the still photo taken of it.
  3. She captured my heart with her ‘je m’en fiche’
  4. …( dont’ give a damn) attitude.
  5. With a cigarette in hand and swirling a glass of wine
  6. she commented on her life and poetry.
  7. When asked why she never published more than 350 poems?
  8. She answered:
  9. “I have a trash can in my home”.
  10. Her sense of humor and lack of pretentiousness,
  11. …that is what attracted me to her work.


Two Monkeys Brueghel

Subject: enslavement

  1. I am not very good at interpeting poetry yet
  2. …and needed to research this poem.
  3. Szymbroska links the ‘control’ of the two monkeys
  4. to her situation and that of Brueghel.
  5. Brueghel painted this in 1562 while Spain
  6. dominated the two provinces The Spanish Netherlands.
  7. North: William of Orange became
  8. …stadtholder of Holland, Utrecht and Zeeland.
  9. South: Count of Egmont took charge of Flanders and Artois.


  1. Monkeys in chains is a symbol of repression and the
  2. ….background of Antwerp’s harbor is a symbol of freedom.



  1. Szymborska wrote this poem in 1957 as a condemnation
  2. ….of the repressive atmosphere of the Stalinist period.


Tone: is somber almost hopeless.


  1. “..beyond the window floats the sky and the sea splashes
  2. …is a metaphor for freedom.


  1. Image of chained ‘animals’ looking out to the sea (freedom)
  2. …and not being able to free themselves.


  1. The speaker in the poem is taking a final exam in
  2. …“the History of Mankind” while the two monkeys look on.
  3. “One monkey stares and listens with mocking disdain,
  4. The other seems to be dreaming away–
  5. But when it is clear I don’t know what to say
  6. He prompts me with a gentle
  7. Clinking of his chain.”


  1. Words like “jingling chains,” the speaker who
  2. ‘ stutters and flounders’ or the description of
  3. the monkey’s ‘ ironic smile or dozing off
  4. ‘creates sense that any resistance was useless.



  1. Szymborska made me feel emotional because
  2. these animals represent the people who have become
  3. unemotional and with no voice under political repression.
  4. I asked myself: ” What would it feel like… being bound in chains?



Two Monkeys by Brueghel   (trans. from the Polish by Magnus Kryski)


  • I keep dreaming of my graduation exam:
  • in a window sit two chained monkeys,
  • beyond the window
  • floats the sky,
  • and the sea splashes.


  • I am taking an exam on the history of mankind:
  • I stammer and flounder.


  • One monkey, eyes fixed upon me, listens ironically,
  • the other seems to be dozing–
  • and when silence follows a question,
  • he prompts me
  • with a soft jingling of the chain.



  1. It is said Szymborska is the ‘Mozart of poetry” .
  2. Her words are at times humorous yet powerful.
  3. By the 1950’s the political climate in Poland had changed considerably.
  4. Poetry was to become an extension of state propaganda and
  5. …a reinforcement of the official ideology.
  6. Nobel winner Szymborska (literature) did not include her
  7. …Stalinist poetry in her collected editions, she was too embarrassed.
  8. This was an excellent book and I would recommend it wholeheartedly.
  9. Coup de coeur!
  10. #MustRead




#AWW2019 Helen Garner

  • Author:  Helen Garner
  • Title: Everywhere I Look
  • Published: 2016
  • Genre: essays
  • Rating: A+++++
  • Trivia: 2017 Indie Book Awards WINNER non-fiction
  • Trivia: 2018 longlist Kibble Literary Award for an established author
  • Trivia: 2017 shortlist NSW Premier’s Literary Award
  • List of Challenges 2019
  • Monthly plan
  • #AWW2019
  • @AusWomenWriter



  1. I immediately felt an connection with Helen Garner when
  2. reading this book.
  3. The years are creeping up on both of us and she describes
  4. moments I have gone through.


My Notes:


  1. 6 shoeboxes of old photographs
  2. that failed to make the cut for the album.
  3. and having to endure how young we looked
  4. I threw out all the photo’s and negatives
  5. ….just like Helen did!


Cleaning out closets…

  1. Storage room, drawers….just like Helen said
  2. “once you start you have to keep going til it’s done”.
  3. In July it took me 9 days to clean out my house from top to bottom.
  4. I hesitated when I had to throw
  5. out my favorite sweatshirt.
  6. It was 10 yrs old, fraying at the cuffs.
  7. It had to go but I still think about it!



  1. A house can be domineering,
  2. ….you have to get into the driver’s seat.
  3. Bed…is mother
  4. ...and bed is the center of our personal universe.
  5. It is the safe point from which we let
  6. …ourselves down in to the shadows of sleep.
  7. In August I finally decided to get a new bed…after 40 years!
  8. It is deluxe and I feel the arms of mother embracing me every time
  9. I go to sleep.


Dear Mrs. Dunkley

  1. We all have a teacher that was unforgettable
  2. Who was yours?


Part Three: Dreams of Her Real Self

  1. So impressive thoughts about Helen Garner’s
  2. grandchildren, daughter, mother, father….


Authors I met in the book:

Elizabeth Jolley -Novels

  1. Palomino (1980)
  2. The Newspaper of Claremont Street (1981)
  3. Miss Peabody’s Inheritance (1983)
  4. Mr Scobie’s Riddle (1983)
  5. Milk and Honey (1984)
  6. Foxybaby (1985)
  7. The Well (1986)
  8. The Sugar Mother (1988)
  9. My Father’s Moon (1989)
  10. Cabin Fever (1990)
  11. The Georges’ Wife (1993)
  12. The Orchard Thieves (1995) 
  13. Famous last line in this book:
  14. ‘The difference between a good haircut and a bad haircut is a week.’
  15. Lovesong (1997)
  16. An Accommodating Spouse (1999)
  17. An Innocent Gentleman (2001)


Janet Malcom (1934) 

  1. American writer,  journalist, staff writer The New Yorker
  2. Is the writer who influenced and taught
  3. Helen Garner more than any other!
  4. According to Garner, Janet Maclom draws on
  5. deep learning yet plain in its address.
  6. That is a perfect description of Garner’s writing as well!


Other writers:

  1. Jacob Rosenburg “Sunset West”
  2. Alex Miller – “Coal Creek”
  3. Raimond Gaita
  4. “Romulus, My Father” (Australian philosopher)
    It tells the story of Romulus, his beautiful wife, Christina, and their struggle in the face of great adversity to bring up their son, Raimond. It is a story of impossible love that ultimately celebrates the unbreakable bond between father and son.
    Best Film Australian Film Industry 2007



  1. This was a book I did not want to end.
  2. Garner’s insights about Russel Crowe’s filmography
  3. and an Australian Ballet company were mesmerizing.
  4. But my favorite essay was ‘The Insults of Age”.
  5. This will be recognizable for every 60+’er!
  6. Helen Garner’s writing is clean and crisp
  7. ..nothing is slick or shallow.
  8. It is “reading caviar” !



#AWW2019 ‘My trip Down Under’

Green Island Reef, Carins Australia

  1. It is time to turn off NETFLIX and
  2. ….get back to reading!
  3. I’ve made a list for
  4. ….my literary trip Down Under
  5. reading some great Australian female authors.
  6. It’s summer down there so here I come!
  7. List of Challenges 2019
  8. Monthly reading plan
  9. #AWW2019 
  10. @AusWomenWriters


My List:

  1. Everywhere I Look Helen Garner – READ
  2. A Kindness Cup – Thea Astley – READ  – paperback (…need magnifying glass!)
  3. Drylands – Thea Astley – audio book
  4. It’s Raining in Mango – Thea Astley audio book
  5. True Stories – Helen Garner – audio book
  6. Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean – Joy McCann – Kindle
  7. Say No To Death – Dymphna Cusack – Kindle
  8. The Timeless Land – Eleanor Dark – Kindle
  9. The Man on the Headland – Kylie Tennant – Kindle
  10. The Commandant – Jessica Anderson Kindle
  11. The Torrents (play) – Oriel Gray – Kindle
  12. Highway of Lost Hearts (play) – Mary Anne Butler – Kindle
  13. Transparency (play) – Suzie Miller – Kindle
  14. SHIT (play) – Patricia Cornelius – Kindle
  15. Honour (play)Joanna Murray-Smith – Kindle
  16. The Dead Still Cry Out: Story of a Combat Cameraman – Helen Lewis – Kindle
  17. Danger Music – Eddie Ayres – Kindle
  18. Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the future – Alice Gorman – paperback
  19. An Item from the Late News – Thea Astley – paperback



#AWW2019 Mary Anne Butler (playwright)



  1. Some plays should not be analyzed…they just have to sink in.
  2. Mary Anne Butler
  3. …has written a phenomenal script.
  4. It is intimate, realistic and breathtaking drama.
  5. Three characters weave their story
  6. ….criss-crossing their lives with each other.
  7. I read the play 4 times:
  8. 1 x reading the role of Ham (man driving on desert road)
  9. 1 x the role of Ash (female in car accident)
  10. 1 x Mia (Ham’s wife…home alone after a great loss).
  11. Now I was ready to read the play
  12. with the voices echoing in my mind.
  13. This is THE best play I’ve read in a very….long time!
  14. Strong point:
  15. Stellar example of dramatic construction (dramaturgy)
  16. and …inventive dialogue!
  17. #MustRead….really a must!