Big Little Lies bursts the bubble

‘So, in a story like Big Little Lies, the atmosphere of beauty and wealth allows for greater focus on internal battles and flaws rather than on the struggle for survival in a hostile environment.’ – My piece for The Monthly on why the TV adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestseller Big Little Lies is not soap.

30th May – Love and Music: Varuna Blue Mountains Sydney Writers’ Festival Event with Graeme Simsion and me


Tuesday 30 May The Carrington Hotel

10:00am – 11:00am
@ The Carrington
Award-winning British writer Natalie Haynes’ book The Amber Fury explores a contemporary murder and its narrative connections with the ancient Greek tragedy plays. Australian writer Maggie Joel’s The Safest Place in London, a 1940’s wartime drama, reflects this author’s fascination with time and place. Session Chair Katherine Johnson’s mystery The Better Son, a novel about family secrets and lies, is set in 1950’s Tasmania.

11:00am – 12:30pm
@ The Carrington
Graeme Simsion’s latest book The Best of Adam Sharp is set in France and has been described as ‘a dilemma with lots of music’ with ‘complications, transgressions and resolutions’ for its main character. Claire Corbett’s Watch Over Me is a thriller of love under the pressure of occupation and war in which music plays an important role. They talk about their work with Varuna Chair David White.



6th May: Launch of Watch Over Me with Patti Miller at The Carrington Hotel

Join us Saturday afternoon, May 6, 3-5pm by the fire in the cosy Library at the Carrington Hotel for the launch of WATCH OVER ME, described by Tom Keneally as ‘this gem of a novel’.

Launching the book will be renowned author and teacher Patti Miller. We look forward to seeing you there for a fun launch and delicious Arctic Tea – scones and CLOUDBERRY jam, for which there will be a modest cover charge of $5. Please RSVP to Megalong Books on 4784 1302 or