Riveting Reads

Byron Writers Festival placed massive emphasise on journalism and novelists
with recognition of our Traditional Landowners …
BUT social media and the digital age were glaringly absent!
No mention of blogging, scfi or anything that might attract the under sixties …

So if you are looking for a good read here are a few of the highlights for me!

  • Chasing Thunder” is a riveting story by a couple of investigative journalists about the longest sea chase in history. Piracy, plunder, organised crime, slavery and intrigue surround this chase of a large pirate-fishing vessel by the Sea Shepherd. Kjetil Saeter and Eskil Engdal criss-crossed the globe gathering the facts to trace those using and abusing others for ginormous profit! [Wandered into the wrong venue but was so gripped by the pace and enthusiasm that I couldn’t leave]
  • Scrublands” by Chris Hammer, another well-seasoned journalist turned author. His racy synopsis grabbed me. Set in rural Australia a priest dons his habit and shoots dead five locals one Sunday. TV series sold already and has only been published three weeks!
  • Bridge Burning” by Kitty Flanagan, an Australian comedian who had us in stitches [laughter] as she chatted with Mandy Nolan, a local comedian. She includes funny stories from her life, a must read for all women who have failed to find Mr Write!
  • Eggshell Skull” by Bri Lee, an impressive young lawyer whose memoir includes details of her own abuse and struggle with a legal system bereft of justice!
  • Jane Harper, a bestselling author whose novel “The Dry” is already a movie. “The Lost Man” will be available in October and sounds riveting, all are mysteries set in rural Australia.
  • Lianne Moriarty has seven bestselling novels, “Big Little Lies” is a US TV series. How she writes was intriguing, no planning or plotting, she just sits and taps!
  • Allan Clarke an investigative journalist delving into unsolved Aboriginal deaths. Seen on TV and digital media, it’s what he doesn’t say that intrigues … these deaths/murders have never been thoroughly investigated, unacceptable had they been white people!
  • Others worth further investigation are Anne Aly; Mark Brandi; Kon Karapanagiotidis; Jacqui Lambie; Selina Tusitala Marsh; Melissa Lucashenko; Dervia McTiernan; Lisa Walker … note females were very well represented!

So please dip into this interesting list to see what appeals
and I promise you wont be disappointed.

NB please read the link attached to Chasing Thunder … it’s just become headline news!


  1. OHMYGOSH! Thank you so much, Kate, for sharing these with us!!! I’m always looking to find out about new-to-me authors and their writings! 🙂

    I think I’ll start by finding Bridge Burning and Scrublands!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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