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In spring the weather gets warmer, the flowers are blooming and the sky seems bluer than ever. After spending the last three months reading inside beside the fire or under a warm blanket, we can’t help but be excited to lie on the grass and bask in the sun with a good book. Bounce out of winter with our pick of ten great Spring reads!

I thought it would be a breeze to write about ten of my favourite Australian books for Australia Day, but each time I have thought about bringing my fingers to the keyboard, I change the books I want to include. One solution is to restrict myself to fiction only. Of course this means I won’t be able to mention Recollections of a Bleeding Heart by Don Watson (but this would be perfect to get...

  I reluctantly started reading Maggie McKellar’s memoir, WHEN IT RAINS, on our publishing director’s recommendation. Although this was an important and big book for us at Random House I was hesitant because on the face of it this sounded like a really sad story and I didn’t know if that’s what I felt like reading. How wrong was I. WHEN IT RAINS is a magnificent,...

Sep 3

A little Blog on Book Covers.

by Maggie MacKellar on 3 September 2010

I love my book cover. When I saw it perched up there in the book shop nestled between the new biography on Julia Gillard and an expose on Ozzie Osmond I knew the stink I’d raised, the trouble I’d caused, the headaches I instigated at Random House were worth it. You see my book was due out in May, and here we are in September and it is now, officially 3 days old (hooray!) Early in January the lovely...

Sep 2

Taste.

by Maggie MacKellar on 2 September 2010

In the morning the first sounds are the defiant calls of the roosters challenging the day (and each other) from the chook house. I lie under the covers and marvel at their early morning exuberance. Outside it’s still dark. The rain has bought a respite from the big frosts we get here.  The view out my window is bleak as day dawns but it’s actually warmer than a clear morning when the whole world is...

Sep 1

Trust.

by Maggie MacKellar on 1 September 2010

In my new memoir ‘When it Rains’ the animals who live around us are central characters. Their stories sit alongside my story and it’s often in the telling of their daily lives that slippages occur and if I write carefully something larger than us is revealed. My daughter’s little mare has hurt her leg. She’s been confined to her stable for the last six weeks. Fortunately the stables are in the...

Aug 31

Rain Coming?

by Maggie MacKellar on 31 August 2010

One of the misconceptions about people who live in the country is that they are lonely and isolated. I’m not talking about meeting eligible men. Believe me – all the men are married, happily or otherwise (Channel Nine’s ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’ is a fallacy – at least in my neck of the woods). No, what I’m talking about is a more sustaining form of social interaction of weekly social events, dinners,...

The instructions come via email and gave me a link to ‘how to write a blog’. This is helpful. I’ve never written a blog. The instructions say things like – be direct with your audience, assume an intimacy.  I make a list of things I can write about – I’ve got it here in front of me and there’s all sorts of interesting things on it & I intend to get to them I really do.  But here’s the thing, I’m...