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  1. Asylum Reviews



    Today I found two reviews of Asylum on NetGalley which I just had to share!
    The first is by Tanya Brough – “Have you ever felt like just dropping everything and running far, far away? To perhaps an island? That is what Yvette Grimm did. She ran from her life in Malta and her boyfriend Carlos (what an oaf!) and met up with her mother, Leah, in Australia. She wants to stay and her mom wants her to stay. There might even be a man on the horizon, but that will always be a complicated situation with Yvette, a romantic at heart. I thoroughly enjoyed Asylum. Yvette is such a lovable, but emotional human. You can even feel ...
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  2. Asylum Reviews



    Today I found two reviews of Asylum on NetGalley which I just had to share!
    The first is by Tanya Brough – “Have you ever felt like just dropping everything and running far, far away? To perhaps an island? That is what Yvette Grimm did. She ran from her life in Malta and her boyfriend Carlos (what an oaf!) and met up with her mother, Leah, in Australia. She wants to stay and her mom wants her to stay. There might even be a man on the horizon, but that will always be a complicated situation with Yvette, a romantic at heart. I thoroughly enjoyed Asylum. Yvette is such a lovable, but emotional human. You can even feel ...
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  3. Getting acclimatised to horror

    PHOTO: For a country that values its commitment to human rights as does Australia, the silence in the face of Rohingya suffering is a humiliating moment. (AFP: Christophe Archambault)

    Isn’t it wonderful that popular culture provides us with glossy rituals of glamour and celebrity to distract us from the realities of our lives and the lives of others. Like Eurovision. Go Guy Sebastian! – Catchy little song he’s got. But I’d rather sleep than sit through that pap.
    Still, it’s easier to shut my ears and eyes to Eurovision and not be affected by it. Whereas hearing the latest spin on those asylum seekers languishing in South Asian waters is something ...
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  4. Asylum seekers: confronting the double face


    There are two faces to Australia’s asylum seeker policy. There is the outward face, all smiles and hooded eyes, that espouses ‘stop the boats’ mantras to indoctrinate the masses. We are to be persuaded of the necessity for harsh, inhumane treatment of asylum seekers journeying by boat. We are to disregard these peoples’ basic human rights and apportion blame for all their suffering on the shoulders of the smugglers. We are thus exonerated from guilt. We need look no further, for our government is right, opportunism is to be condemned. It is only us who gets a fair go.
    The outward face is a veil, a mask. It ...
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  5. Hockey without a stick? – Can’t be.

    So that was Budget night. I fell asleep during the commentary. Consequently awoke at 3.30am thinking about paper airplanes and hidden agendas.
    I thought the budget papers would make lots and lots of paper airplanes. Providing valuable entertainment for those at a loose end.
    Then I went on to wonder about the corporate tax avoiding hit list and why it is that IT service providers are being targeted. Is it because the government knows it has no chance or every chance of tax wins? Is it because it will be really interesting to see how these corps charge consumers as a result of increased tax expenditure? Is it because they are soft targets and heaven forbid we tax the miners? Is it because these corps are Overseas Corps, and therefore ...
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  6. Indigenous Australians deserve their own land.

    About fifteen years ago, I was living in England and my bedroom window overlooked woods and plains and somewhere in my view was the site of the Battle of Bosworth. I hadn’t heard of the battle or Bosworth, where Richard III was famously killed, so ignorant was I of my own nation’s history, but I resonated with it anyway.
    I would stare out of that window at those woods and plains and feel such a bond with the land, with every tree and hedgerow. It was England, where I was born. It wasn’t patriotism. It wasn’t anything like that. It was visceral. England was in my blood.
    I was teaching history to high school students at ...
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  7. Hot news!! Asylum to be published by Odyssey Books!

    Another day, another headstand!!!!!! Odyssey Books has just offered to publish a paperback edition of my novel Asylum.
    And I’ve accepted.
    Is it too early for a celebratory glass of red??

    Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: asylum, asylum seekers, Australian authors, boat people, fiction, illegals, literary fiction, novel, refugees, women's fiction ...
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  8. Country – a lifestyle of choice?

    Here’s a little thought: While America concerns itself with the crushingly pivotal issue of Hilary Clinton’s use of her personal mobile phone for state correspondence, in Australia our master of euphemism, Tony Abbott, has caused another furore with his latest gaff, and the real issue of what sits behind the de-funding of essential services and consequent evicting of indigenous communities is subtly obscured by our outrage and the inevitable polarisation that will occur as a result, our very condemnation creating an equally strong pro-Abbott backlash from the racist bigoted quarter of society. In this way ”lifestyle choices” becomes just another smoke screen in already thick air and even if a real conversation about the imminent ...
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  9. Humble – the curse of a narcissistic age

    I have a HUGE beef with the word, ‘humble,’ and the phenomenon known as, ‘humble-bragging,’ or deploying false modesty in order to boast. It’s ridiculous in our narcissistic age and we ought to be more honest.
    I’ll explain my beef with a couple of definitions:
    Humble: Having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s importance.
    Humbled: To cause (someone) to feel less important or proud – I was humbled by the experience.
    I’ve had this beef for a few years, and the other night when David Cameron made some reference to being humbled by something or other, I started to grind my teeth. I have no idea what it was he said because I was stuck on the word, humble. ...
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  10. Walking on egg shells

    I will never forget the day a big burly man confided in me that his x wife was abusive. He was totally serious. Apparently she used to control him by leaving him notes. Apparently she would ‘flip her lid at the drop of a hat.’ Apparently he was ‘walking on egg shells.’ And worst of all, she was trying to limit access to his kids. She was a nasty, devious, manipulative bitch. I felt sorry for him. For surely he wouldn’t hurt a fly.
    Then I met her. She was a tiny, slender woman with a look of shock in her eyes. She was nervous, stressed, haunted. She fretted about window locks and police response times.
    Abusive men are the most twisted, underhanded, conning, devious, malicious, controlling arseholes I ...
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