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Jacqueline Maley is an award winning journalist and columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers.  She lives in Sydney and this is her first book.

What I am loving about the way this author writes (and I have only read the first few chapters) is the way she works hard to avoid cliches. Early in her novel I read that a house was 'under the firm GUARDIANSHIP of a giant Moreton Bay fig' and how 'real estate agents would SLIME their business cards through the letterbox'.

It's not easy for authors to find new ways to describe things, and I am impressed when I read someone who constantly works hard to find new ways to express things. 

A FEW OF MY FAVES

- The White House Mess - Christopher Buckley

- Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

- The Ginger Man and

- The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazur B

  by J.P. Donleavy

- Wilt and

- Blot on the Landscape by Tom Sharpe

- The 100 year old man who climbed out the     window - Jonas Jonasson

-  A Tiny Bit Marvellous - Dawn French

-  Out of the Silent Planet and

-  Voyage to Venus by C.S. Lewis

-  The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham

- Jennie - Paul Gallico

- A Street Cat Named Bob - James Bowen

- Half Life - Jillian Cantor

- On Writing - Stephen King