Aussie outback romance meets Italian sexy

Review of The Sunnyvale Girls by Fiona Palmer Last year, I read and loved Fiona Palmer’s The Sunburnt Country, so when Penguin asked me to read Palmer’s latest book, The Sunnyvale Girls, I jumped at the chance. For those of you not familiar with Palmer’s work, she is the Queen of Australian Outback […]



Author inspired by POW past

Fiona Palmer talks to The Writers Shack about her brand new novel, The Sunnyvale Girls, and how she found inspiration from an Italian prisoner of war I was talking to my friend Lea one day about how I wanted to write my next book on the Italian prisoners of war that worked on […]

Intoxicated by Taormina

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. How’s that for a profound statement? I love travelling! Visting new places, meeting new people, tasting new flavours. I’m fortunate enough to do a fair bit of it (though not nearly enough, obviously)… Related posts: Places to go and […]

Mark arrives in Germany, wrinkled and smelly

A Passage from Italy 4

A Passage from Italy by Mark H. Bloom with Jason Scholder   They say getting there is half the fun. I say sometimes they don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. Once, many years ago, while traveling in Europe, I needed to get from southern Italy to Germany — […]

A Tale of Two Cities – Paris vs Rome

Ever wondered how the City of Love (Paris) stacks up against The Eternal City (Rome)? Well here’s a cool infographic from that gives a whole new twist to a Tale of Two Cities. See how the Notre Dame stacks up against St Peter’s Basilica. Or the Colosseum against the much […]

Notre Dame