b Writing Journal - Kate Forsyth
November 27, 2019

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein

Husband, father, drag queen, sex worker, wife. Sarah Krasnostein's The Trauma Cleaner is a love letter to an extraordinary ordinary life. In Sandra Pankhurst she discovered a woman capable of taking a lifetime of hostility and transphobic abuse [...]
November 24, 2019

VINTAGE POST: Vasilisa The Wise

To celebrate I thought I would explore the history of the titular tale, which is one of the best-known and best-loved Russian fairy-tales. An old oral tale, it was transcribed by Alexander Nikolayevich Afanasyev between 1855-67 and first published in his collection, Russian Fairy Tales.  There are many different versions of the story [...]
November 22, 2019

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: The Silvered Heart by Katherine Clements

1648: Civil war is devastating England. The privileged world Katherine Ferrars knows is crumbling under Cromwell's army, and as an orphaned heiress, she has no choice but to do her duty and marry for the sake of family. But as her marriage turns into a prison, and her fortune is decimated by the war, Kate [...]
November 21, 2019

Circe by Madeline Miller

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, [...]
November 19, 2019
The Chronicles of Narnia

The 50 Authors Who Shaped Me

It took me a long while to compile my list of “The 50 Authors who Shaped Me” – it was so difficult to choose only fifty from the thousands of authors whose work meant so much to me through my life.
November 19, 2019

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: The Botanists Daughter by Kayte Nunn

Discovery. Desire. Deception. A wondrously imagined tale of two female botanists, separated by more than a century, in a race to discover a life-saving flower . . .In Victorian England, headstrong adventuress Elizabeth takes up her late father's quest for a rare, miraculous plant.She faces a perilous sea voyage [...]
November 18, 2019

The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier

A young woman is both a bard--and a warrior--in this thrilling historical fantasy from the author of the Sevenwaters novels. Eighteen-year-old Liobhan is a powerful singer and an expert whistle player. Her brother has a voice to melt the hardest heart, and a rare talent on the harp. But Liobhan's burning ambition is to join the elite warrior band [...]
November 15, 2019

VINTAGE WRITING POST: Mary De Morgan

Mary de Morgan Blog    ‘Help me, sweet Love!’ she cried, and then began to weep. ‘Poor Queen Blanchelys!’ said Love. ‘Your rose-tree is dead then.’ […]
November 14, 2019

The Familiars by Stacey Halls

Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth, a noblewoman, is with child again. None of her previous pregnancies have borne fruit, and her husband, Richard, is anxious for an heir. Then Fleetwood discovers a hidden doctor’s [...]