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  1. ASYLUM - a novel in weekly parts

    Not every day an author gives away a whole novel. I had been asked and asked again if I would blog a book-length story and I'm glad I'm doing it. Feedback so far is encouraging. Some readers have formed a reading group to discuss weekly instalments. Start reading the story here and for this week's instalment follow this link.
    Here's what people are saying:
    ”Asylum has all my favourite elements: politics, social justice, strong women characters, and an unexpected ending. Impeccably written in clear, succinct, yet sophisticated prose, Asylum is a thoroughly enjoyable read.” – Jasmina Brankovich.
    ”Hurry up with instalment two – I am totally hooked and need ...
  2. On a Cold Night

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    Awake at three thirty. Very cold again. World Refugee Day but my attention was elsewhere for much of the day. But at three thirty my mind had decided to calculate the income of asylum seekers on bridging visas (80% of dole), surmising the sort of rent they would pay. Not a lot left for food. After food comes bills, clothes, travel fares etc.Not allowed to earn any income and unaware of such practices as dumpster diving, how to get free (suspended) coffees and free food from food banks and charities they really do it tough. So I pictured asylum seekers lying in their beds in freezing cold houses and dressed in overcoats throughout the day. Then I widened the net to include all disadvantaged groups, eSpecially ...

    Updated 25th July 2014 at 05:37 PM by Mick Pacholli

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