Good Read Hunting

                    Because I'm a voracious reader and passionate about books, friends keep asking me for recommendations and tips about what to read. Let me give you an example: The other day, a good friend of mine called me from London. It was one o’clock in the morning. The conversation went something like this: 'I'm flying back to Sydney; 25 hours in the air. How tedious! I’m just in front of the airport bookstore. Can you suggest something for me to read on the ... Read more →

Charlotte (now referred to as Tom-Tom) and the Brothers Grimm; part II

Well, here’s the rest of the story. As you will remember, Tom-Tom and I were sipping champagne in the little bistro down the road from my chambers. She had promised to tell me all about the Brothers Grimm. I had just refilled her glass and was waiting for her to begin. Tom-Tom looked at me for a while, no doubt to let the tension grow, and then put down her glass.‘Once upon a time, there were these three friends,’ she ... Read more →

Whatever happened to my Olivetti?

Like most writers, I have fond memories of my first typewriter. It was a portable Olivetti, the ant’s pants of its day at the cutting edge of technology. It looked great. Elegant and sleek with a shiny black case, it made you feel important. Learning to type was quite a challenge in those days. All trial and error using just two fingers, but it was exciting and a lot of fun. It was the beginning of an extraordinary journey. Who ... Read more →
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