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We are living in extraordinary times. And dangerous. We hope you are managing. What else can be said? We will get through this by helping each other and being mindful of our contribution to the control over this invasive, disruptive and dangerous virus.

Today’s pic is out my kitchen window. I’m one of the lucky ones out of the city. More time for reading and writing!

My new office

 

We are living in extraordinary times. And dangerous. We hope you are managing. What else can be said? We will get through this by helping each other and being mindful of our contribution to the control over this invasive, disruptive and dangerous virus.

Today’s pic is out my kitchen window. I’m one of the lucky ones out of the city. More time for reading and writing!

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Nikolai the Perfect by Jim McIntyre

Journeys to Words Publishing is delighted to reveal our next title. 

The early nineties; Moscow is in political meltdown, the USSR rotting. Muscovites are exhausted by scarcity and political uncertainty. Married young to enigmatic, flighty Anna, Vassili is the unworldly son of tyrannical Sergey and subjugated Teresa.

Pressured by his father, and alone, Vassili takes a teaching post in Melbourne, Australia, repeating his father’s history. Before departing, Sergey gives Vassili a small package he is to deliver to a woman called Helen. It contains a secret.

Will the truth blow the family apart?

Compared to Moscow Vassili finds Melbourne leafy and green, sure of itself. He must navigate in this unfamiliar setting, before Anna’s arrival and then through their pregnancy and its confronting outcome.

Even more of an ingenue than Vassili, Anna’s unresolved physical and emotional pain gets beneath the reader’s skin. We share her childhood trauma and yearn for her to secure a fulfilling future.

Dealing with the contents of the package, Vassili must grow beyond the stifling politics of his family.

This is a story of growth, loss, stumbling perseverance and of the abiding and complex machinations of marriage.

In superb language and rich and complex literary accomplishment, Jim McIntyre has turned his success in the Premier’s Literary Awards for Unpublished Manuscript into a book of enduring value.

Myf Warhurst

Interviews

Jen Hutchison

Bourke Street, My View from Here.

A great tale. Readers are loving this!

 

The Place Between

Heading to its first book club

 

High Infidelity

Absorbing romance for a lockdown afternoon

 

 

Bourke Street, My View from Here:

Conversation with Tony Brooks

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. 

 

Testimonial: A Motherling Reader

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!

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