Category: Books

The Writing of Kavita Bedford – Friends and Dark Shapes

I stumbled upon the work of Kavita Bedford in a newspaper article. She'd written about the launch of her latest novel, Friends and Dark Shapes, but the article was just as much a love letter to Sydney - a city that, at times, refused to love her back. Bedford wanted to write about Sydney in ...

The World According to F. Scott Fitzgerald

When I was younger, I read many of the books of F. Scott Fitzgerald, a man considered to be one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Prized for his literary style - Fitzgerald has been linked to the jazz age, the roaring twenties and the success of young, precocious men. More recently, his ...

YouTube Video Essays

For the last few weeks, I have been working on a new project creating YouTube video essays. The essays are all derived from existing and hopefully soon new content of my blog New Intrigue. They will cover a range of topics but generally focus on philosophy and literature. The process for creating the video essays ...

The World According to Haruki Murakami

Ten years ago, I tried to read Norwegian Wood, a semi-autobiographical novel by the author Haruki Murakami. I couldn't finish it, but for some reason, the first few pages stuck with me.  The book begins with Norwegian Wood, the Beatles song, playing on an airport speaker system. The protagonist is boarding a flight. He hears the ...

Short Story: The Dancer

What does it mean to get lost in the dance? I arrive late in the evening. She opens the door, half shocked that I’m even there. We sit in different chairs with Japanese food between us. Sushi, fish and some hot gyoza, in these little rectangular brown cardboard boxes. “A feast,” she says, staring at ...

‘People are Working Harder than Ever’ – Jonas Altman, Shapers – Book Review

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to interview Jonas Altman, author of the newly released Shapers: Reinvent The Way You Work and Change the Future. Altman, based in Canada, has done a remarkable job of dissecting where we are as a society. Jobs, he argues, are stuck in a holding pattern: people are ...

We Need Less Experts: The Power of Educating Generalists

Imagine that you’re a doctor and that your patient has just died on the operating table. Now, you have the difficult task of telling the family the bad news. You’re an expert in medicine but you have no knowledge of...

How to Self-Publish a Novel

This is a guide to self-publishing novels, articles and non-fiction.

Creative Writing: A Thing Beyond Hope, Chapter 1

Chapter 1 of my coming-of-age novel, A Thing Beyond Hope.

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Creative Writing: A Thing Beyond Hope

My coming-of-age novel, A Thing Beyond Hope, is now out! Get your copy today! :)