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Meet Kiki Button: socialite, private detective and spy

1920s Paris is my ultimate fantasy destination. Ever since I read Among the Bohemians by Virginia Nicholson, I have been fascinated (read: obsessed) with it. Nicholson’s book explores the lives of bohemian, artistic London from 1900 to WWII – not their work, but how they dressed, where they lived, what they ate, how they created lives as artists, rebels, and thrill-seekers. READ MORE

Tessa Lunney on Female detectives in Fiction

I came late to crime. During my teens, my peers delved into the dark recesses of noir, while my mother and aunts explored murders in Ancient Rome, Medieval England and 1960s Oxford. Instead, I was poring over Shakespeare and Keats, I was involved with D H Lawrence and Jane Austen, I was discovering the joys of working in a bookshop. Crime was too grisly, with its serial killers and forensic dissections. Crime was too dark and I was a sensitive soul. Crime was nothing like anything I was taught at school or university. I gave it a wide berth. READ MORE

The story behind ‘The Last of the Bonegilla Girls’

April 18, 2018 Guest Post 0 Comments

by Victoria Purman Bonegilla is the Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre, a spawling ex-Army camp on the River Murray in north-eastern Victoria, near Albury-Wodonga. Between 1947 and 1971, more than 320,000 people passed through there after arriving in Australia, looking for new lives and better opportunities. The small community is called Bonegilla and pronounced Bone-Gilla. But the camp came to be know as Bon-neg-illa as that’s the way migrants began pronouncing it when they arrived there. And although it’s thought to have come from a local indigenous name meaning deep water hole or big cattle camp, it does sound Italian so I can see why its usage changed. READ MORE

Kate Leaver: ‘What’s happened since I published a book about friendship?’

Since writing 83,339 words on the subject of friendship, people have started to approach me to talk about their own. I wrote The Friendship Cure - a manifesto on the importance of friendship - because I truly believe we do not value, nurture or talk about it enough. I was validated in that when I spoke to people for the book because so many of my case studies - people who spoke to me generously about their feelings of loneliness, their friendship break-ups and their best friends - had actually never spoken to anyone but me about what friendship meant to them and especially what it felt like when it crumbled or vanished from their lives.  READ MORE

Five Reasons to Keep Fresh Flowers in Your Home

April 12, 2018 Guest Post 0 Comments

by Vanessa Carnevale I’ve always loved flowers, but before I started writing The Memories That Make Us, I didn’t have much experience in growing them, and I only ever kept vases of them in the house when I received them for special occasions. Over the course of writing my novel, set on a fictional flower farm in Daylesford, Victoria, my love of all things botanical amplified, and a new world opened up to me—one that showed me just how beneficial having armloads of flowers in my garden and home on a regular basis could be. READ MORE

Questioning what ‘Happily Ever After’ actually means

Happily Ever After?
March 21, 2018 Guest Post 0 Comments

  [caption id="attachment_6313" align="alignnone" width="800"] Words: Nicola Moriarty[/caption] Once upon a time, the endings of the bedtime stories I read as a child were fairly easy to predict. The beautiful princess was snapped up by the handsome prince and the two of them married and lived happily ever after. That was the classic fairy tale formula and it was what I expected in order to feel satisfied when I closed the final page of a book. READ MORE

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