Baby did a bad, bad thing

In Laura Elizabeth Woollett‘s short story collection, twelve women across time and across continents are bound by a common thread. They are the wives, girlfriends, mistresses of men who committed evil deeds. And in the cases of some, the women were their accomplices – willing or otherwise. I spoke to Laura by phone about The […]

Dangerous liaisons

Conventional wisdom has it that the key to happiness is a stable, committed monogamous relationship. We’re told that its antithesis, non-monogamy, could only spell disaster. And besides – why would people forsake security for anything else? Israeli-Australian author Lee Kofman is well-versed in these arguments. In her new book The Dangerous Bride: A Memoir of […]

Every love story is a ghost story

There are some authors who are so adept at creating their fictional world, you can practically close your eyes and see yourself there. Some books are so vivid in its described geography that you could almost draw a map of the location based on the proffered details. In reading Christine Paice‚Äôs first novel, a young […]

Such great heights

It all started when a friend and I were talking about this guy whom I had been stalking online for a little while. Not stalking as in harassing or even contacting – I wouldn’t want him to know I have such an interest in him. Rather, keeping tabs on what he’s doing, sighing over his […]

The Romantics

In 1967 The Beatles told us that love is all we need. In 1973 England, Rebecca Budde has the sort of crush on the red haired sort-of guitarist Dave that only a 15 year old girl can have. But just as she and Dave actually begin to see each other, the Budde family up and […]

Rules of engagement

This year, the United States is set to embark on a soft close to the longest war of its history. While the vast majority of its troops may be withdrawn come the end of 2014, its unmanned aerial vehicles – or drones, as they’re better known – will be staying on. Drones are more than […]