Talking books on ABC Brisbane

Did you know Ron is on the radio, one Tuesday a month – on the Evenings with David Curnow program, ABC Brisbane? He usually reviews two crime and mystery novels and two science fiction/fantasy novels that have caught his interest (and maybe some quirky non-fiction). You can listen live, in the traditional manner, or by streaming the program through the ABC website. Enjoy!

Ron was last on t’wireless, on Tuesday 16 May (Ron’s section begins at 1.5 hours) when he spoke – with Trevor Jackson – about: The Legacy (Children's House 01) by Yrsa Sigurdardottir; The Awkward Squad by Sophie Henaff; The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson; The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi; and Night Trains: the Rise and Fall of the Sleeper by Andrew Martin.

If you missed any of the older editions, and would like to have a listen, you can access the ABC Brisbane archives:



Verity Fassbinder, book 1 by Angela Slatter

We’re very excited to be launching the fantastic, new, urban fantasy – set here, in Brisbane! – by multi-award-winning Australian writer, Angela Slatter.

Angela’s short fiction has been nominated for – and won! – many awards, both here and internationally, culminating in The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings winning the World Fantasy Award, for Best Collection of 2015.

Vigil is Angela’s first novel – and is being published here and in Britain and the USA, by Jo Fletcher books, the fantasy and science fiction division of Quercus books, in the UK.

Vigil is being launched on Tuesday 19 July 2016, at Brisbane Square Library, 266 George St, Brisbane, from 6–8pm (see directions).

Brisbane writer (and legend!) Dr Kim Wilkins, will be holding an ‘in conversation’ with Angela, followed by a Q&A – discussing the story of Vigil, how it came about, and how it came to be published.

Seats are limited, though – so, please phone the library on 3403 4166 to reserve yours – ASAP!

We’ve read Vigil and think it’s a cracker of a novel – and the buzz from recognising your own city and surrounds makes it doubly special.

Copies of Vigil, and many of Angela’s short-story collections and novellas, will be available to purchase at the event. Angela will be signing copies, too. (If you can’t make it on 19 July and would like a signed copy of Vigil, call or email us at the shop, and we’ll arrange it.)

Hope you can join us, for what promises to be a night to remember! (And – there will be cake!)

Oh, and just in case you think we’re biased (which we may well be!) – then, please, read this review (on, by UK bookseller: Neil Snowdon, of Waterstones, Newcastle. It’s lengthy – but heartfelt – and we agree, absolutely…

Hope to see you on the night!

Addendum: Angela spoke with Sarah Howells – about Vigil – on the Evenings program at 612 ABC Brisbane on Thursday 30 June 2016. If you missed it, you can listen here (through the 612 ABC Brisbane archives).