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Meet the Author Event:

On Thursday 22 July 2021, join other fellow writers and readers at Mt Evelyn’s Reading Room to hear author Jim McIntyre chat about writing, the process, his awards, inspiration, love of Russia, his experiences living there and writing Nikolai the Perfect. 

Event: Author Talk

Date: Thursday 22 July 2021

Location: Mt Evelyn Reading Room, 50 Wray Crescent,

Mt Evelyn, VIC, 3796

Time: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Free event but pre-bookings are essential

Author Event: Sisters in Crime

Kingston Libraries and Sisters in Crime present newly-minted Melbourne crime novelists
Amy Suiter Clarke, our very own Suzanne Frankham and Ruth McIvor as they talk to award-winning author Leigh Redhead about such events that refuse to stay dead and buried.

sisters in crime kingston library event

Event: The Past is Never Dead: Kingston Libraries Mystery and Mayhem Month

Date: Wednesday 28 July 2021

Location: Kinston Arts Centre, Moorabbin

Time: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Free event but bookings are essential

Jane Harper's Next Read!

Author of The Dry and The Survivors, Jane Harper has complimented Jim Mcintyre’s Nikolai the Perfect.

‘I’m also looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of Jim McIntyre’s debut Nikolai the Perfect.’ — Jane Harper, Mary Martin Bookshop Interview

Embrace Your Inner Self

‘Explore and nurture the child within you. In your mind, hold hands with that little one as you continue on your way in life.’ — Dr James Khong

In his memoir, Dr James Khong shares his fifty years of experience as a medical practitioner to ease our minds by reflecting on our anxious, COVID-19 world.


Edwina’s death is brutal, a swift and silent killer who leaves no clues. Her murder seems unsolvable until a casual comment sends Inspector Alex Cameron and his team trawling back through time. Can they find the link in time to save the next victim? And preserve his own reputation?


While post-communist Moscow deals with political transition, Vassili is descending into despair at his wife Anna’s chronic infertility. Following his father Sergey’s footsteps, he travels to Melbourne to teach Russian at a prestigious university. Accompanying him is a wrapped parcel to be delivered to a Helen Dalrymple of Mount Evelyn; a task that proves to be anything but straightforward.


In this unpretentious, gracious and humble memoir Dr James Khong shares his experiences of fifty years in medicine, his life experience and observations—about how to maintain good health and get through any health challenge better. 


Sarah used to know who she was—a doctor, a wife, a mother—but as she prepares for the birth of her second child, she feels set adrift from her life.  ‘A gripping thrill ride of uncertainty, drama and family disconnect with a finale twist like none other! A must read.’


Every Parent of an adult child’s nightmare — you’ve made it. Your child is grown up. He’s got a great job, living a full and happy life overseas. You don’t have to worry about him like you did when he was young. And then a call from halfway across the world. Something terrible has happened …


He arrives in the early morning gloom and stays until dusk. Hundreds greet him. He shares a positive word and a smile with everyone. No one knows the true story of his life. His name is Tony Brooks. Everyone has a story. This is his, and it’s not what you might think.


On her first day in the laid-back town of Byron Bay, Lara almost runs over the red-haired, slightly raddled Ruby in a car park. Relieved to be still alive, the warm-hearted Aussie leases Lara a small cottage on her semi-rural property where Lara’s journey of self-discovery begins.

What are our Authors up to?

Suzanne Frankham,
Shadow Over Edmund Street


Jim McIntyre,

Nikolai the Perfect


Shadow Over Edmund Street by Suzanne Frankham will launch in New Zealand at 6pm on Tuesday 31 August, at The Women’s Book Shop in Ponsonby, the suburb in which the book is set. Email us if you’d like an invitation or to have one sent to a family member across the Tasman.


Tuesday 31 August 2021. The Women’s Bookshop, Ponsonby, NZ  6.00 pm

Jim McIntyre, our author of the mighty Nikolai the Perfect was the featured writer at the BWRF Saturday Book Chat. An interesting and engaging session on the to’s and fro’s of a twenty-eight year journey to a finished book. If you missed it, you can hear it here

Saturday June 26 2021  Sunshine Library 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm


Nikolai the Perfect: Reader Feedback

It’s not often one reads a debut novel that provides a realisation the author has crafted a gift beyond the story for the reader. It is obvious through the lyrical substance of the work that author, Jim McIntyre, spent many hours crafting a story that brings the reader to a worthy and rewarding place in the manner and selection of his words. It’s as if each sentence has been constructed to woo the reader further into the story allowing an attachment to the remarkable characters and story. The writing is absorbing and vivid.

It’s a book of substance; worthy of the praise and awards it has received during its crafting prior to publication. A brilliant read and a magnificent addition to your library shelf. 

The Place Between: Reader Feedback

I was awake at midnight and thought I might as well start that book you gave me, The Place Between. I was still awake at 3 am and had to force myself to put it down. It was really good. I don’t usually read fiction but this is a terrific story …

I just loved this book. Time travel is one of my favourite topics but sadly one that is often done wrong.
The author aproached the idea of time travel from a fresh angle that made sense and just worked.
My heart ached for the characters, and it ached for the parts of myself I saw in them.
As a female that often feels misunderstood by the world and even my own people, I want to stand on the roof and wave this book around yelling ‘READ THIS! THIS IS HOW I FEEL SOMETIMES’

I struggled to put this book down. The only thing that could drag me away is my brand new super cute puppy.
Congratulations to the author on her first novel. I can’t wait for future works. 

Wonderful. Tells the story of so many women’s everyday life just beautifully. I cried for the characters when I reached the end but also the book was finished and I wanted more. Really loved this book can recommend it.

I have just finished my friend’s first novel ‘The Place Between’ and it was excellent! Suzanne who is a local hills girl is definitely a talented writer. The story is about relationships and their importance, particularly between mothers and daughters. Highly commended.

 Motherling: Reader Feedback

Thank you for sharing your story so honestly & poignantly. Although each motherling travels a very individual & solitary life journey of grieving & trying to make sense of the insensible, there are many commonalities that can be shared. In sharing, we offer ourselves the opportunity to gain insights & understandings & wisdom that help to support us in this journey.

I also purchased a copy of Motherling for my dear sister who, two years ago, lost her son at the age of just twenty-one to suicide. She was not able to keep him ‘safe’. Serendipitously, I just happened to hear a replay on ABC local radio of an interview you did with Myf Warhurst on the same day that I was catching up with my sister for dinner in Melbourne. Your story & your telling of it moved me so much that I was able to share it with her too. I am sure she will find much in your book that resonates with her journey.

May you safely continue your journey as a motherling & may you gain strength & warm your heart knowing that your sharing of your story enriches our lives. Bless you, for all that you give & do!

Bourke Street, My View from Here:

Reader Feedback

… Firstly, let me congratulate you on writing such a wonderful book about the life and experiences of Tony Brooks. I was given a copy signed by Tony for Christmas from a girlfriend, we caught up last Friday belatedly to exchange gifts. I have been reading passages at every opportunity and today I finished it. Wow! 

I am very familiar with Tony. My husband and I have always said ‘hello’ to him on our regular visits to Bourke St. His energy is so warm and friendly, there is just something about him. We have often wondered what his story was, and now we do … fascinating!

You shared Tony’s story with such compassion, kindness and direct honesty. I was also captivated because we live in Fitzroy North and the streets of Tony’s youth are so close to where we live. We literally live opposite the Edinburgh Gardens and around the corner from Alfred St. Compelling and beautifully written.

High Infidelity: Reader Feedback

Finished High Infidelity 10 mins ago and landed in Darwin!!! Absolute ripping good read … couldn’t put it down. Please sell screen rights to a movie!! Even though Mario is a stunner, I do think I am more of a Doc Roberts gal!! Clever writer! 

What a cracker of a read. I loved this novel. I’m having Mario moments often, since finishing this terrific read! Thanks Journeys to Words Publishing.