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Millennium – A Memoir is out now as both eBook and print book. It's a novella-sized slice of life travelogue piece of creative nonfiction.
East — a novel of about 100,000 words, is also available now as both eBook and print book.
unior lawyer, Vince Osbourne, leaves behind a viciously circular life in the city representing petty criminals and takes to the road. It’s 1994, he’s lived 30 years. The wide continent of Australia is out in front. He’s almost young. Where will the road lead?
takes in sunsets; rain in the desert; a five-year-old girl on a bike; a battered former thief and jockey; old-timers; young lovers; beautiful women, and aboriginals in public bars. The open road connects many vignettes making a rich tapestry of human encounters.
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t’s December 1999, the cusp of a new millennium. The tiny Pacific Kingdom of Tonga will be first in the world to usher it in. We travel there with our narrator to see the sun set on the old and the dawn rise on the new. We discover much more.
Read an excerpt of Millennium: A Memoir
I’m fond of books that made few ripples when born into the world, but surface many years later to find fame and critical acclaim. A few years ago I came across one such novel: Paul Bowles’ A Sheltering Sky. Published in 1949, the book became a movie 51 years later in 1990, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, and starring John Malkovich and Debra Winger. Bowles, then nearly 80, narrated the film and appeared Read More
Welcome Louise, it’s great to be interviewing you about your book of poems, I Thought We Were Just Hanging Out. Thank you, Peri. It’s a pleasure to be speaking with you about the book. Your poems have great immediacy, emotional honesty, and seem to come from authentic raw experience. Which poets do you admire and which poets have inspired you? I really enjoy Jodi Hill’s poems. She’s a poet from Minnesota, USA, who wrRead More
An Interview with Andrea Barbosa Welcome Andrea, it’s great to be interviewing you about your novel, Massive Black Hole. Thank you for having me, it’s a pleasure. You write both poetry and prose. Which do you prefer to write? I find poetry easier to write as long as I find the right mood and topic. It flows and the words can be interpreted in different ways, making the reading more intriguing. You were born in BrazilRead More
In 1994 I travelled all around Australia in a car. That road journey was the inspiration for ‘East’. I took the journey wanting to write a novel about the people I met, the places I visited: my experiences. I took notes as the journey unfolded. Soon after the journey ended I visualised the front cover of the novel. And that is exactly how the front cover looks today: 22 years later. For 22 years I carriedRead More
The western world has become familiar with ‘karma’ sufficient for the word to be absorbed into everyday language. People understand karma as payback for wrongdoing meted out by the invisible hand of the universe. People talk of ‘good karma’ and ‘bad karma’ and ‘quick karma’. Perhaps the well-known saying ‘what goes around comes around,’ sums up how we in the west commonly understand karma. Not so with ‘dharma’. Few wRead More