Ep. 167 Portable Magic: The Mother Fault, Book news, Typeface Bookshop WA, and Pamela Freeman’s writing class.

On the last Tuesday of the month, Cassie Hamer and I will discuss our book of the month in a segment called Portable Magic, named after a line from Stephen King’s book ‘On Writing’.

This month’s book is The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall

You will not recognise me, she thinks, when I find you . . .

Mim’s husband is missing. No one knows where Ben is, but everyone wants to find him – especially The Department. And they should know, the all-seeing government body has fitted the entire population with a universal tracking chip to keep them ‘safe’.

But suddenly Ben can’t be tracked. And Mim is questioned, made to surrender her passport and threatened with the unthinkable – her two children being taken into care at the notorious BestLife.

Cornered, Mim risks everything to go on the run to find her husband – and a part of herself, long gone, that is brave enough to tackle the journey ahead.

From the stark backroads of the Australian outback to a terrifying sea voyage, Mim is forced to shuck off who she was – mother, daughter, wife, sister – and become the woman she needs to be to save her family and herself.

Cassie Hamer talks about

  • The New Director of the Sydney Writers Festival,
  • Update on the funding for Writing NSW
  • The phenomenon that is the new Twilight book, Midnight Sun,
  • Small Press Network award name change.
    • New releases:
      • The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy
      • I Give My Marriage A Year by Holly Wainwright

Our bookshop this week is Typeface Books in Applecross, Western Australia.

Recommended books:

  1. Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
  2. Bruny  by Heather Rose
  3. Truganini by Cassandra Pybus
  4. The Crusaders by Dan Jones
  5. Honey Bee by Craig Silvey
  6. All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton

Pamela Freeman is back to talk about pacing and tension in your story.  It’s Pamela’s last week with on the show, so big thanks to Pamela for being the first writing expert for the new segment. Next week we welcome Lee Koffman into the writing chair.

Finally, if you are looking for the next great crime read, head on over to Talking Aussie Books with Claudine Tinellis as this week she is talking to Kyle Perry about his debut crime novel The Bluffs.

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