Monthly Archives: December 2015


aww-badge-2015-200x300I didn’t succeed in improving on my 2014 Australian Women Writers Challenge, with only one book reviewed during 2015 and two featured as snapshots. However, I did read and enjoy eighteen books by Australian women writers and recommended many of them in my newsletter:

The Minnow by Diana Sweeney (YA) (read snapshot here)

The Wonders by Paddy O’Reilly (read snapshot here)

Beyond Home: A Daughter’s Journey by Robin Bower

The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader (read review here)

A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell (YA)

The Dying Beach by Angela Savage

The First Week by Margaret Merrilees

Black Glass by Meg Mundell (YA)

The Astrologer’s Daughter by Rebecca Lim (YA)

A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay (YA)

Afterlight by Rebecca Lim (YA)

Feet to the Stars by Susan Midalia

A Guide to Berlin by Gail Jones

The World Without Us by Mireille Juchau

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

In the Quiet by Eliza Henry Jones

At My Door by Deb Fitzpatrick (junior fiction)

Purple Prose (various, eds Liz Byrski & Rachel Robertson)

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I also featured six Australian women writers in my 2, 2 and 2 series showcasing new books:

The Secret Son by Jenny Ackland (read here)

Feet to the Stars by Susan Midalia (read here)

Afterlight by Rebecca Lim (read here)

The Insanity of Murder by Felicity Young (read here)

A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay (read here)

A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell (read here)

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And so to the year ahead…

It promises to be an exciting one. I will (I hope) be finishing my current work in progress. And I’ve begun the always-exhilarating process of research on something new—this time in a different genre. And there’s also the release of Elemental in the UK on 11 February.

I won’t be signing up for the 2016 AWWC, but it’s a given that I will be reading and recommending books by Australian women writers (there are already at least a dozen of them—books, that is, not writers!—on the crowded bottom shelf of my coffee table). As far as I’m concerned, they are among the best in the world, so why wouldn’t I?

I hope 2016 brings you health and happiness, the inspiration to achieve whatever goals you set for yourself—and, of course, a year of wonderful reading!



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Just in time for Christmas!

I’m delighted to be part of this collection of Australian women writers responding, in different ways, to the colour purple…

Liz Byrski

So proud to see this book on the shelves now. It’s a collection of personal stories by fifteen wonderful women writers responding to the the colour purple, and edited by my friend and colleague Rachel Robertson​ and me.

We have our own stories in here alongside Anne Manne​ Annamaria Weldon​ Toni Jordan, Natasha Lester​ Sarah Drummond Deborah Hunn​ Rosemary Stevens Hanifa Deen​ Lily Chan Lucy Dougan​ Amanda Curtin​ Tracy Farr​ Jacqueline Wright​ .

It’s been fascinating to see what emerges from asking women to think about what purple means to them and Purple Prose includes stories about families, pigeon fanciers, French Impressionists, feminism, ageing, the footy and more. Just what you need to solve your Christmas gift dilemmas! Hope you enjoy it.

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A December photo-reminder…

to look down, and choose…



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