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The Buzz: Sydney Writer’s Festival 2015

This is my third Sydney Writer’s Festival, but the first in my own right, where I felt I could stride into the Green Room rather than sneak in as a guest and feel guilty if I was sitting and there … Continue reading

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Shrinks: Psychiatry and the Brave New World

I read somewhere that if your favourite subject in your last year at school was English Literature (or American Literature I’m sure for the USA readers) and you did medicine, then you had a high likelihood of becoming a psychiatrist. … Continue reading

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Psychiatry, Therapy and the Writing Legacy of Irvin Yalom

As far as I know, Yalom at 83 is still alive and at least until a few years ago, still seeing patients. So writing legacy aside, he stands as a formidable role model of how to grow old actively. I … Continue reading

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An existential take on book criticism

Maybe it’s because I watched the world leaders walking arm in arm behind a massive Parisian crowd. Maybe it’s just New Year reflections, or the fact I was staying with a therapist friend and his bookshelf was more erudite than … Continue reading

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Book Recommendations from Reading 2014

I’ve lost track of how many books I’ve read this year – given my book blog often puts up several each Thursday, I’m thinking at least 200. Mostly crime-psychological thrillers, but a smattering of prize winners and shortlisted (Booker, Pulitzer, … Continue reading

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The Countdown

It goes like this. Eight year old girl ingests Enid Blyton and is in danger of never coming down the Faraway Tree. Writes first line of her own novel. Roughly five hundred times—and five hundred different lines, mostly about boarding … Continue reading

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Love Stories Australian Style

I went to a book launch last night, held at The Avenue Bookshop in Albert Park. The book to be launched was Australian Love Stories edited by Cate Kennedy, a collection of 29 short stories selected from 445 entrants. I’ve … Continue reading

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