PRESENT TENSE WINS NED KELLY CRIME FICTION AWARD!

I am thrilled to announce that Present Tense has won the 2020 Ned Kelly award for best debut crime novel. These awards (we call them the Neddies) are given by the Australian Crime Writers Association. Here’s the announcement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De4c-VYFGKk&feature=youtu.be

Along with being shortlisted for the Davitt Awards, that makes for some ritzy stickers on the cover.

Does where you read a novel affect how you read a novel?

This is the last of three blogs on reading.

Does where you read a book affect your understanding of it?

I ask because of a conversation I had with a friend. We were discussing books, and I said I was reading Olive Kitteridge. She said she’d read it but hadn’t enjoyed it. She’d been in Bali at the time, she added, and perhaps that had affected her evaluation.

So I started to think about what reading in a specific place brings to the experience. (more…)