Category Archives: Australian crime fiction

Pulp Friday: Pulp Confidential: Quick & dirty publishing from the 40s & 50s

When I first started researching the history of Australian pulp paperback publishing I thought libraries would be crammed with old papers from the various publishers who churned the books out in the fifties, sixties and seventies. I have since realised … Continue reading

Pulp Friday: Scobie Malone & “our new Errol Flynn”

Something a little different for this week’s Pulp Friday. I recently watched the 1975 Australian film, Scobie Malone, starring Jack Thompson. Also known as Murder at the Opera House and Helga’s Web, the latter from the title of the 1970 … Continue reading

Hit-and-run books & ‘literary’ works: true crime, from Garner to Chopper Read

In her latest book, This House of Grief, Helen Garner examines the case of Robert Farquharson, who on Father’s Day 2005 drove his car into a dam off the Princes Highway near Geelong, drowning his three young sons. It is … Continue reading

In conversation with Michael Robotham

A heads up that I’ll be in conversation with Australian crime writer Michael Robotham at Reader’s Feast Bookstore this coming Tuesday, August 12, from 6.30pm. Michael is an ex-journalist, ghost-writer. We’ll be discussing his tenth novel, Life or Death, which is … Continue reading

Mid-year reading report: The Thief, St Kilda Blues, Hanging Devils, In the Morning I’ll Be Gone

My reading has been dominated of late by the need to get through a lot of pulp books and material I need to be across for several upcoming literary festival appearances (all of which I’ll also be discussing here in the … Continue reading