Indie book a month - The Lighthouse

25 November 2012 / 4 comments
The Lighthouse Alison Moore book review

Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse was recently longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. This debut novel was published by Salt Publishing, gaining this independent press some well deserved attention. There is much to applaud about this book – but instead I’m going to focus on what I have learnt from reading this book as a writer …

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Literary thin ice and inspiration comes from rejection

19 November 2012 / 5 comments
Over a week ago, I found out that my Searching for Von Honningsbergs manuscript had not made it to the Vogel Award shortlist, but had again been commended by the judges and Allen & Unwin have commissioned a reader's assessment. It is just like what happened to me in 2007, five years ago. I've done two extensive rewrites since the last reader's assessment and I felt as though the manuscript was almost as good as I could make it.

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Pearls of wisdom

7 November 2012 / 2 comments

Writers don't need tricks or gimmicks or even necessarily need to be the smartest fellows on the block. At the risk of appearing foolish, a writer sometimes needs to be able to just stand and gape at this or that thing - a sunset or an old shoe - in absolute and simple amazement.
Raymond Carver

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