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The Airways launch – an update

Due to the halving of arrivals allowed into Australia, our flights were suddenly cancelled a week before takeoff. Sadly I won’t be able to make it home to Adelaide in time to launch The Airways in person.

However, the livestream will still go ahead via YouTube on August 12! I hope that you can join me. All the details are here.

Meanwhile, a new short story of mine appeared in this week’s Saturday Paper. It’s called Pigeon.

Read the rest at The Saturday Paper [$]


The Airways launch – 12 August

All the details for the Adelaide launch of THE AIRWAYS are here.

August 12, 6-8pm
The Mill Adelaide
154 Angas St
Kaurna Yerta

Books and drinks will be for sale, with heartfelt thanks to The Mill and Imprints.

The launch will be livestreamed on YouTube at this link, so please tune in online if you can’t make it!

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I’m so excited to see this book make its way in the world. Here’s a taste of the first review, which appeared recently in Books + Publishing magazine:

A good start, I reckon.

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With the school year over and the shipping boxes packed, H and I have just a few weeks left in Italy before we get on a plane home – then there’ll be a couple of weeks of hotel quarantine to get through. It’s an anxious time with some Covid-19 outbreaks flaring in Australia now, but I am excited to be returning. Here’s hoping that all goes smoothly and I’ll be able to appear at my own book launch in something other than a ghostly form (however apt that might be for the book).

Foolhardy, perhaps, to plan – but the last year and a half have taught me a fair bit about optimism of the will…


The Airways cover reveal…

Ok, I am VERY very excited to share this with you:

The Airways book cover, posed on a starry background. The Airways in bold white capitals on a dark background with blue and pink swirls resembling air or clouds

This beautiful cover for THE AIRWAYS was designed by Tristan Main at Picador. And what a stellar piece of work it is. I cannot wait to hold it in my hands.

This means The Airways is going to print in a few weeks! Copies will be finding their way into Australian bookshops by the 1st August, but until they do, the book is already available for pre-order at the links provided (some databases will take a little more time to update than others).

Please support your independent book retailer. And don’t forget that asking your local library to stock a book is another great way to support the author.

Thanks for your attention, dear friends and readers. Watch this space for launch news, and all the rest.


Full Story podcast

At the end of last year I spoke with Gabrielle Jackson at the Guardian about my essay Trouble Breathing, following up on how the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been felt here and globally, and what might be learnt from all this. The episode has now been published alongside some other great interviews in the series:

screenshot of Full Story podcast page from The Guardian

2021 has begun with a confusion of lockdown regulations and an ill-timed political crisis here in Italy. After a restful break I am hard at work on a new project, while excitedly inspecting cover designs for The Airways – I hope to share a finished version soon, so watch this space!

A happy and healthy new year to all.