The Bell in the Lake (Hachette, 2019, trans. Deborah Dawkin) is the latest novel from acclaimed Norwegian author Lars Mytting. The story is set in rural Norway in 1880, which lags about fifty years behind the cities of Europe with their electric lights and medicine, and which is also suffering both a population boom and … More Review | The Bell in the Lake (Lars Mytting)
It’s barely a year since the last fire went through my aunty’s neck of the woods, consuming everything in its path – all their sustainably farmed crops that they’d worked so hard to tend, their very livelihood, all of it gone. Back then the fire stopped just a metre from their home. They were lucky. … More Buccarumbi
Serious question: what is the deal with this film? … More Review | Did You Hear About The Morgans (2009)
Glitter isn’t just really bad for marine life, it’s a massive pain in the arse. … More Why the hell are we still giving kids glitter?
Literary greatness is a social construct, like streets and lunchtime. … More Novel writing for dummies
The internet says that the best cake hackers use a “cheap plastic ruler” to smooth it all out, so get confident, baby. Cheap plastic ruler! I used to use one of those at school! Therefore this cake is doable! … More How to hack a Coles mudcake hack
I generally try to avoid showing my kids overly gendered, patriarchal rubbish in films and tv shows that are aimed towards little kids, particularly little girls. But then I came across this one. Summary: An otherwise promising film about a girl who pursues her interests, pushes back against bullies, works really hard, wins a fierce … More Review | Ballerina (Netflix) – Rated P for Patriarchy
It’s school holidays, so prepare yourself for an avalanche of experts expressing their concern about mothers drinking wine! A few days before holidays officially began, as I dragged my kids away from yet another kids carousel that I “didn’t have coins for” (they have PayPass now but I’ll never give in, NEVER!), I came across … More Uh, hands off my mummy wine.
I feel like I’ve struck gold. Free childcare?! And I don’t even have to get out of my pyjamas?! Fund this. Everywhere. Now. … More Sharing the mother load: just YAWN for free childcare.
I’ve always taken a keen interest in children’s programming. As an eight-year-old, I wrote a very sternly worded letter to the ABC’s Managing Director because they’d cancelled my beloved Victor & Hugo (can’t remember what the show was about exactly, but damn I cared…). Of course now that I’m three kids in and often finding myself … More Bluey: the kids’ show we’ve been waiting for