Lezley Saar: Madwoman in the Attic Over at The Guardian, Jane Eyre is April’s Reading group book, so I decided to join in and read it again. Readers, I admit: I didn’t always love Jane Eyre, the novel. I preferred the other…

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Another year of reading fabulous Australian women authors is over. And it turned out to be an interesting one. Without any conscious planning, most of the books I read in 2015 would fit into contemporary women’s fiction category (genre?). As…

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Many versions of Emma When I heard of The Austen Project, I promptly rolled my eyes in annoyance and declared it a money grabbing outrage (remember, I’m a purist). In short, HarperCollins has asked six well-known contemporary authors to ‘reimagine’ Jane Austen’s works. So…

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Whenever my own writing overwhelms me, I go book shopping. I call this my ‘desperation-inspiration trip’. On one such occasion I came across The Anchoress. It was nearing the closing down time when I burst into the little bookstore. The…

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“If you had one chance to change history…Where would you go? What would you do? Who would you kill?” It took me a while to finish reading this book and I’m still unsure what to make of it, even though there’s a…

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