Monthly Archives: May 2015

Link: Keating wins his own history war


Keating wins his own history war.

HarperCollins Australia has apologised and agreed to pulp unsold copies of its flagship 2015 release – Paul Keating: The Biography by David Day – to settle a fierce legal battle with the former Labor prime minister.

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Link: The remarkable ongoing case of Richard Greener’s papers, salvaged from a condemned house


Years ago, researching eccentric libraries for my novel The Remains, I stumbled across the remarkable story of Belle da Costa Greene (1879 or 1883-1950), the African-American woman “passing” as white who became the glamorous librarian to the wealthy Pierpont Morgan. Continue reading

A small pilgrimage: walking last month in Melbourne along North Road, Katharine Susannah Prichard’s childhood territory


Tom Henry Prichard was Katharine’s dad, and he died in 1907. I go looking for his grave on a clear and mild April day. Continue reading

Internet zombie: Katharine Susannah Prichard on YouTube

I’m perplexed by this YouTube video of Katharine Susannah Prichard uploaded on April 15, 2013 by “CarGamess”. Continue reading

What these Walls Saw: Katharine Susannah Prichard at Old York Rd

1969-10 KSP with Soviet friend last picture written on back slwa_b3822418_1

It’s the KSP Writers’ Centre Open Day on Sunday 3 May and I’m giving a speech at 1:15pm called “What these Walls Saw: Katharine Susannah Prichard at Old York Rd”. Continue reading