Between the Lines

Chasing Odysseus was launched yesterday at Between the Lines, my local bookstore in Tumut.  There's always something very special about local launches...perhaps it's all the familiar faces.


Who would have thought there were so many ancient Greeks wandering around the lush foothills of the Snowy Mountains.  A sincere thank you to Mandy Priest (the proprietor of Between the Lines) and to the Tumut Youth Council for adding a certain authenticity to the event.

 Chasing Odysseus was officially lanched by Mayor Trina Thompson and included a reading, (by me), nibbles, (by someone who cooks a whole lot better than me) and of course the chocolates of the gods (which were devoured in quantity).

Atticus (my younger son) was a little disappointed that their was no actual jet propulsion of books into the air, but it was otherwise a really lovely debut event.  Thank you Tumut, Batlow and Adelong.


I've posted just the very end of the reading below.  Excuse the wobbles - my cameraman is nine years old.



Review - Chasing Odysseus

The first reveiws of Chasing Odysseus are emerging.  For a particularly wonderful one by fellow writer, Angela Savage, see Angela's blog.  Angela is the award winning author of Behind the Night Bazaar and The Half-Child.  A good review is always lovely, but it's particularly warming when the reviewer finds in your book the things that you hold most dear.


Chasing Odysseus - Local Launch

Chasing Odysseus will be avaiable in bookstores from 7 March 2011.  It will be officially launched on Friday 12 March at Between the Lines, my local bookshop.  Absolutely everybody is welcome.






Commonwealth Writers' Prize

The South East Asia and Pacific regional shortlist for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize has been announced.

The nominees for the South East Asia and Pacific best book are:

  • Reading Madame Bovary by Amanda Lohrey (Black Inc., Australia)
  • That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott (Pan Macmillan, Australia)
  • Time's Long Ruin by Stephen Orr (Wakefield Press, Australia)
  • Hand Me Down World by Lloyd Jones (Text, New Zealand)
  • Notorious by Roberta Lowing (A&U, Australia)
  • Gifted by Patrick Evans (Victoria University Press, New Zealand)

The nominees for the South East Asia and Pacific best first book are:

  • 21 Immortals by Rozlan Mohd Noor (Malaysia)
  • A Man Melting by Craig Cliff (Random House NZ, New Zealand)
  • The Graphologist's Apprentice by Whiti Hereaka (Huia Publishers, New Zealand)
  • The Body in the Clouds by Ashley Hay (A&U, Australia)
  • Traitor by Stephen Daisley (Text, Australia / New Zealand)
  • A Few Right Thinking Men by Sulari Gentill (Pantera Press, Australia).


So...rather pleased.  :)


Hot off the Presses

Just opened an express post parcel from my dear publishers to find this...The final version of Chasing Odysseus resplendent in its new cover (which has exceeded even my unreasonably lofty expectations). 

So here it is, ready to hit the bookstores in March.  Look for it....please.

PS:  Sorry about the angle - self photography