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Corporate novel sold to Hollywood

Corporate novel sold to Hollywood

By Rhonda Dredge For those who’ve got addicted to Netflix during the pandemic, the news that a corporate novel set in the CBD is to be made into a TV series should keep them on their couches. Maybe the Horse Will Talk is fast-paced, amusing, clever and relevant to those considering how to turn their

The stupidity of us

By Rhonda Dredge If you’re a Melbourne insider you have licence to sling off at the culture because the jokes have been handed down to you as a kid and you’re conditioned to pick them up. Who hasn’t scoffed at the poor losers sent to Boy Scouts to be trained up in preparedness with pieces

Broke and bodiless

At Dymocks in Collins St someone had left a stray novel amongst those listed for the much-publicised Stella Prize for women’s writing. The novel has just been released and possibly missed the deadline for the prize. Otherwise, it might have qualified, for the author is an Australian woman, although looks can be deceptive. An Uncertain

Melbourne Writers Festival

Difficult truths

Rhonda Dredge  Good storytellers don’t make deals with the reader. Their pages invite you to suspend disbelief and follow their narration into surprising settings. At the 30th Melbourne Writers Festival, two experts disarmed the audience with their storytelling techniques. Former federal finance minister Lindsay Tanner showed how it felt on the inside to be responsible

Hot favourite for Stella Prize

By Rhonda Dredge Booksellers are already reporting increased sales for titles on the long list of the 2016 Stella Prize for women’s literature. The list, which was announced last month at a gala evening by novelist Alice Pung, includes well-known authors such as Gail Jones, Debra Adelaide and Amanda Lohrey. Some titles have already sold

In praise of reading

By Rhonda Dredge New Zealand novelist Eleanor Catton filled the CBD’s Deakin Edge theatre with readers during Melbourne Writers Festival, using the delicate art of narrative to give them wings.   Catton’s most recent novel, The Luminaries, took her five years to write and is a structural masterpiece set in the New Zealand goldfields. The

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