1. 10

    Well, I'm at some kind of crossroads in my life and I don't know which way to take. It's not about money, I mean, because I'm established enough now as a writer to get a reasonable advance if I wanted to do fiction.

    4
  2. 9

    I'm full of restlessness. Not lonely, exactly - my head is racing with ideas. But it is that old treacherous feeling that real life is happening somewhere else, and I'm left out.

    6
  3. 8

    I'm very disturbed by violence against women when it is violence.

    6
  4. 7

    And always Melbourne, Melbourne, Melbourne, over and over the same photo in glaring greens and reds, of a tram, huffy, blunderous, manoeuvring itself with pole akimbo round the tight corner where Bourke Street enters Spring.

    6
  5. 6

    Writers seem to me to be people who need to retire from social life and do a lot of thinking about what's happened - almost to calm themselves.

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  6. 5

    That's one of the things I hope that the book can do, is to restore some dignity to Joe Cinque.

    9
  7. 4

    I think some people wished I'd kept myself out of the book. But I kind of insist on it because I want the reader to share my engagement with the material, if you like, not pretend that I'm doing it completely intellectually.

    11
  8. 3

    It's disturbing at my age to look at a young woman's destructive behaviour and hear the echoes of it, of one's own destructiveness in youth.

    42
  9. 2

    But I now think what I was doing, in a completely unconscious way, was getting off the turf where my husband and I might be rivals. We were both working in fiction... so I look back and I see that I consciously vacated the contested ground.

    48
  10. 1

    On Melbourne summer mornings the green trams go rolling in stately progress down tunnels thick with leaves: the bright air carries along the avenue their patient chime, the chattering of their wheels.

    53
  11. Last Update: 29 June 2022

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