Consolations of Being an Inside Cat

Jonah and I have been keeping our distance from the world these past couple of weeks. He’s an old hand at this. As an indoor cat, he’s been in lockdown his whole life.  With his tuition, I’m beginning to appreciate the upside of self-isolation. In this new reality, many things I took for granted are […]

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Remarkable Times

Earlier in the year, I came up with the crazy notion of making 2019 one for “remarkable experiences”. Things certainly turned out that way. Thank heavens Jonah was on hand to run my personal and professional life with his usual flair. It started with the release of an updated and extended version of my first […]

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I can’t wait to celebrate the launch of the book I’ve wanted to write for years, Cleo & Rob. Join me and talented young illustrator Phoebe Morris at one of these fabulous events. See you there!   Friday October 11th Jeffreys Books 140 Glenferrie Road, Malvern. 11.30am Illustrator Phoebe Morris will decorate the shop’s front […]

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Emotional healing is intensely personal. People find consolation in countless forms – from bush walking to music, clinical therapy to religion. For many of us, the presence of a pet is better than any anti-depressant. Coming to terms with loss and trauma is one of life’s great challenges. Recovery may never happen, but I’ve seen […]

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I’m thrilled to announce the long-awaited children’s version of CLEO will be released by Allen & Unwin NZ toward the end of 2019. Exquisitely illustrated by Phoebe Morris, CLEO AND ROB tells our story through Rob’s six year-old eyes. Ever since CLEO was published, I’ve had countless emails from people asking for a book that […]

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Fabulous Kiwi Fortnight

I’ve always loved New Zealand readers. When I began column writing all those years ago, they became my exacting tutors. They insisted I was better at writing about dog poo than politics. Later on, when times were tough, they embraced me with great kindness. They taught me a person is never entirely alone. Since the […]

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