A Year in First Lines

Two of my favourite book bloggers Brona and Lisa have led me into temptation with this meme that takes the first line of each month’s post over the past year to see what it tells you about your blogging year.


Maurice Blackburn: Champion of the People by David Day

‘Maurice Blackburn: a modest man who had devoted his life to the betterment of his fellow Australians.’


Asbestos in Australia (edited by Lenore Layman and Gail Phillips)

‘From Boom to Dust.’


Red Hail by Jamie Killen

‘Blood falling from the heavens.  Sure sounds like Red Hail to me.’

2020 Aussie Author Challenge

I set out to complete the EMU Level of this challenge:

Read and review 24 titles written by Australian Authors of which at least 10 of those authors are female, at least 10 of those authors are male, and at least 10 of those authors are new to you; Fiction or non-fiction, at least 4 different genre.

And here is my list of (currently, as at 1 March 2020) 26:


After She Wrote Him by Sulari Gentill

‘This is my life, not just a story, …’


The Silence by Susan Allott

‘How can someone be missing for thirty years and no one notice?’

Creatively managing anxiety in Coronavirus Lockdown

Like many others, my concentration has suffered as a consequence of Coronavirus. It’s an anxiety thing. And, even though we are doing comparatively well here in Australia, this pandemic still has a long way to run. Sadly.


Mr Campion’s Séance by Mike Ripley

‘You’ve finished it?  The new book?’


Life in the Victorian Asylum by Mark Stevens

‘What we offer in return for your co-operation is the very latest in lunatic healthcare.’


Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

‘It’s about a murder.’


In Search of the Woman Who Sailed the world by Danielle Clode

‘Who was Jeanne Baret?’


The first US presidential debate was pure chaos. Here’s what our experts thought (from The Conversation)

A Clue for Clara by Lian Tanner

‘I have suffered many setbacks in by bid to become a famous detective.’


CoDex 1962 by Sjón (translated by Victoria Cribb)

Open this novel, step into a world of complex storytelling, and wonder…


Suspicious Minds by David Mark

‘Eight months ago… A nice house in a nice neighbourhood.’

So, in March and October I had two posts on the first of the month.  Of the twelve book review posts, six were of books by Australian authors.  This does not surprise me as I’ve read and reviewed well over one hundred books by Australian authors this year. 

What do your first lines say about you?  I wonder what next year will look like …