Tag: Australian fiction

  • Ep 12: Magic cures & snake oil with Petronella McGovern

    In episode 12 of James and Ashley Stay at Home, we talk to bestselling author Petronella McGovern about her new novel The Good Teacher. Petronella is a domestic thriller author and editor who grew up on a family farm outside Bathurst, NSW. After living in Canberra for a number of years, she moved to Northern […]

  • Ep 7: Stepping off the corporate hamster wheel

    Born and raised in Tokyo, Katherine Tamiko Arguile is a Japanese-British-Australian arts journalist and author. She migrated from London to Adelaide in 2008, where she now lives beside the sea. A graduate of Cambridge University, she has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide. Her award-winning short stories have been published in […]

  • Ep 5: The Year that Almost Killed Anna Downes, author of The Safe Place

    The Safe Place begins with a dreamlike escape. A young Londoner in a Ramones T-shirt and worn sneakers boards a private jet and arrives in France, where a chauffeur escorts her to a secluded luxury estate on the coast. Hidden on a forested backroad behind iron gates, the property features two mansions, an expansive garden […]

  • The latest great reads

    A while ago, I started a list of great reads. I’m adding new books as I discover them, as well as books I read years ago and loved. The list reveals that I’m an eclectic reader, flitting between fiction and non-fiction, literary works and lighter stories. I read different genres for different reasons. I don’t […]

  • First Time Feels

    Two months ago I started the first draft of a new novel, and I’m 16,000 words in. So at that rate it will take me … I don’t know, eight years to finish? But there’s been lots keeping me busy. Here’s a roundup of the latest news. 1. I had a fantastic interview about My Name […]

  • Book club discussion guide

    A literary thriller novella set in 1980s Sydney and drawn from true events, including a series of international terrorist attacks, My Name is Revenge is the story of a young man seeking justice. A collection of essays blending memoir, history and journalism accompany the novella. You can download a PDF copy of this book club […]

  • Launched!

    We launched My Name Is Revenge on April 10. The crowd was amazing, and the signing line-up lasted for practically the entire event. My husband Steve was MC, and he introduced the guest of honour, author Emily Maguire. In Emily’s speech, she described the first time she learned about the Armenian genocide, about ten years […]

  • Not the book I set out to write

    Tonight is my first ever book launch. I started writing this book ten years ago. Except it wasn’t this book; it was a different book. Ten years ago I planned to write a book about my great grandparents’ survival of the Armenian genocide. I knew they’d both lost their entire families, and ended up in […]

  • The latest in my Revenge plot

    If the police ever had a search warrant to seize my computer, I imagine they’d be very excited when they opened it up. How often do suspected criminals have folders all over their desktop labelled REVENGE? But they’d be disappointed when they opened the files and discovered I’m not actually plotting revenge against anyone. At […]