Wednesday, May 20, 2020

In The Company of Madness, by R.B.R. Verhagen

I was lucky enough to be able to get my hands on an advanced reading copy of “In the Company of Madness”, the debut novel by R.B.R. Verhagen. I had previously read Verhagen’s novella, “Murder at the Mountain Rush”, so knew I was in good hands. Verhagen excels at bringing (in my opinion) stale history to life and creating worlds that you can feel, taste and smell. I am very please to say I was not disappointed by “In the Company of Madness”.

“In the Company of Madness” follows a variety of characters who travelled to Australia when it was a convict colony. Author R.B.R. Verhagen has created a bleak world that is in stark contrast to the country we know and love today. Verhagen does not sugar coat the colonisation of Australia. He paints a world that is gritty and grim; a world where only the desperate would want to go. And the characters within this world are as weathered and broken as the country they inhabit. Verhagen has cleverly crafted the characters so you are sympathetic towards them and are heartbroken by their circumstances. They are just so real. There is a real humanity to this book that you do not get from history textbooks.

I read this book slowly, in snatches here and there, so I could spend time meditating on the words I had just read. Verhagen’s use of language is beautiful and subtle, and I can see he has matured in his writing since “Murder at the Mountain Rush”. Verhagen is a writer who is heading into his prime and is surely one to watch in the future.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

The Book Stash - Episode 23: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


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We're back from a nice break and this time we're looking at Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. We look at some writing tips from Steinbeck to keep you on track in January.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 22: James Acaster's Classic Scrapes by James Acaster

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We've got something a bit fun this time, it's comedian James Acaster's book James Acaster's Classic Scrapes. We also talk about finding your voice, experimenting while you're starting out, and more. Check it out.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 21: The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Holy moly - our 21st episode is now live! We fawn over the enchanting story The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. We also have heaps of great tips for writers including how to refine your writing and themes you can borrow from Shakespeare.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 20: Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

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This time around we're talking about Ash's all-time favorite book, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. We also talk about representation in writing and striking the balance with "show, don't tell".

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 19: The Trip of a Lifetime, Monica McInerney


Ash has been listening to the audio book for The Trip of a Lifetime by Monica McInerney. We talk about creating realistic characters, the lyricism of dialogue in audio books and finding the right pace for your story.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 18: Dragonflight, The first Chronicle of Pern, By Anne McCaffrey

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Ash has been reading the classic fantasy book Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey, which leads us down a path of tips for crafting believable magic systems. We explore tips from Brandon Sanderson's First Law in how to approach magic when creating your worlds.

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