Since our peaceful, joyful, family Christmas day, I’ve spent some uncomfortable hours with the dull ache of disappointment and embarrassment, wondering how to make amends to my sister and brother-in-law for forgetting their invitation for my husband and me to share a special meal with them and our brother on the Friday between Christmas and New Year. I’d looked forward for weeks […]
One hundred-and-one books make a reasonable reading list. ‘We could start a book club,’ my new friend said. ‘That way we’d get to read a lot of different books.’ ‘Good idea,’ said another friend. ‘We could each invite one other person to join,’ I suggested. ‘That way we’d meet new people, too.’ That was eleven years and one hundred-and-one books ago.
My sister-in-law, Lois Hunt, is planning a trip from Perth to Launceston to spend Christmas with one of her sons, her daughter-in-law and three grandsons. She’s just come back from a week’s holiday at the beach in Busselton. ‘I’m ready to go,’ she says. ‘My plane fare is booked. I’ve bought and wrapped Christmas […]
Doris Lessing, prize winning novelist and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature (2007), died in London on 17 November, 2013, aged 94. Her last novel was published in 2009. Always a prolific writer, she clocked up over fifty books that included short stories, memoir, non-fiction, plays, essays and poetry. But she is best known, […]
Celebrating age In recent years, I’ve enjoyed my first ride in a helicopter, learned to sail a yacht and spent a weekend helping in the sheep yards on a farm during shearing. At sixty-five, I went back to university as a full-time student; another year, I published my first book, a memoir, Other People’s Country. At seventy, […]