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Cold Vein Launch with Wendy Harmer

Finch Publishing is delight to announce that Wendy Harmer will be launching the Finch Memoir Prize for 2017. Author Anne Tonner will be in conversation with Wendy in what is sure to be an insightful evening for the launch of her book Cold Vein

Anne Tonner Author of Cold Vein

Wendy Harmer Author, Television Personality, and Radio Host with ABC National

Anne Tonner, a high achieving human rights lawyer and mother of four, is used to facing battles and winning. But when her 13-year-old daughter Chloe stops eating and is diagnosed with anorexia, she is confronted with the mother of all enemies, one that is completely unfathomable and seemingly incurable. Anne and her family throw everything they have at helping Chloe face the ‘demon’ they name ‘Cold Vein’. But some three years later Chloe is still ill and desperately close to death and the family is in tatters. Anne is in danger of not only losing her daughter but her whole family as well. In a last ditch effort they travel across the world to attend a clinic in Stockholm, knowing that this may be the only chance Chloe has to survive.

‘For the last three years [my daughter], has been slowly dying. Although she is sixteen, she weighs as much as an eight-year-old. Her hormone levels are those of a post-menopausal woman. We have tried everything the medical system has to offer – psychologists, psychiatrists, family therapists, dieticians, drugs … but nothing has worked. And now here we are, she and I, flying to the other side of the world in a last ditch effort to save her. Anorexia is a difficult thing to get people to understand. Usually they will look at me incredulously. Sometimes they will come right out and say what I know they are thinking: Why can’t you just get her to eat?’

Event: Thursday 1st June 2017, 6:30pm

Where: Berkelouw Books 12 -14 Park St Mona Vale

Light refreshments provided. This is a Free Event – please RSVP on the Finch Facebook page, And please LIKE US while you are there!

Sacha Jones in The Spinoff

Sacha Jones Author of The Grass Was Always Browner

The Monday Extract: The ballerina who was hospitalised with anorexia

Anne Tonner winner of 2017 Finch Memoir Prize has a chat with Samantha Miles and Sarah Blundell from Finch

Congratulations to our winner Anne Tonner, find out a little about her writing process and what lead her to write Cold Vein.

Coming May 2017

Talking Baby receives another outstanding review

Talking Baby receives another outstanding review

“In this puddle-jumper from down under, child language talkingbaby-jpg121616development lecturer ­Maclagan and speech-language therapist Buckley set forth a just-technical-enough look at how children acquire language and how to best support its development. Beginning with infancy, the authors encourage parents to talk, talk, talk, about anything and to leave time for “response” (anything the baby does is her “turn” in the conversation). They do an excellent job of explaining why language and motor development often coincide (first sounds happen after six months when babies become vertical and the tongue is no longer “flopping against the back of the mouth”), and further details what language acquisition parents can best support at that time, such as “performatives,” which are words associated with gestures (e.g., “bye bye”). Librarians would do well to follow and suggest the authors’ reading recommendations, such as choosing books with rhythm and rhyme for infants so they can focus on voice, and then moving on to books that stimulate gleeful recognition of everyday life (bedtime, bathing, block play) for one- and two-year-olds. VERDICT This commendable title provides exactly what parents need without becoming bogged down in research and academics. For all libraries.”

Check out the full review here

Finch Memoir Prize Winner 2017 – Congratulations Anne Tonner

Gold medallion2017Winner is Announced!
Finch Publishing is pleased to announce the winner and the shortlisted manuscripts for the 2017 Finch Memoir Prize. The prize is an annual award for memoir or life writing and has been running since 2010. The winner receives $5000 in prize money and publication. The prize is decided by a panel of three independent judges. This year’s judges were author Maggie Mackellar (When it Rains, How to Get There), Rowena Morcom (Editor of Good Reading magazine) and author Suzanne Faulkner (Mick: The Life of Randolph Stow).

The shortlisted authors and their manuscripts are:

Freya Latona with Deep Down Things

Kate Mathieson with Ways to Come Home

Julie Weatherburn with Swimming Across Myself

The winner is Anne Tonner with Cold Vein, a searingly honest and heartbreaking account of her daughter’s battle with anorexia.

Maggie Mackellar says:‘There is a ferocity and velocity to this memoir that’s totally compelling. I found myself reading with my breath held as the narrator reported on the disintegration of her family’s life as her daughter disappeared figuratively and literally under the savages of anorexia.This is an important memoir. It lays bare the powerlessness of a family in the face of a chronic disease. The loss of identity, the obsession with saving a child, the sacrifice, the guilt over neglected siblings, a marriage placed under enormous strain – all of this relentlessly builds to a crescendo of a story about survival. Many readers will relate to this book and find in it a source of hope that someone has been before them. This knowledge of itself is powerful.’

Rowena Marcom described Cold Vein as ‘harrowing, intense, absorbing and compelling. I defy anyone to read it without shedding a tear. You come to a realisation while reading how truly debilitating a disease Anorexia is and also how negatively society views this disease, giving it short shrift. It’s simply a book everyone should read.’

Cold Vein will be published in May 2017.

James M Miller Author of the Priests – comments following a Newcastle Herald Report

James M Miller Author of The Priests Comments on Newcastle Herald Report…

My book, The Priests, has just been mentioned in dispatches from the Royal Commission, regarding testimony by international canon law expert, Fr Tom Doyle (USA). It is reported in the Newcastle Herald by that legendary journalist and my friend, Joanne McCarthy.

(I wish I could share this with Man Chung Li; my sweetheart supported all of my work in this area, she listened to my ideas and sharpened them up. Thanks, Sweetie!)

The link is here:http://www.theherald.com.au/…/royal-commission-into-insti…/…

And the relevant part is:

“Doyle has just given evidence supporting James Miller’s view on celibacy. Miller is a barrister and author of the the book, The Priests, in which he recounted abuse by the late St Pius X Adamstown principal Father Tom Brennan, and alleged Brennan had a sexual relationship with another priest/teacher, the late Patrick Helferty.

“There is another layer that is not openly discussed and that’s the fact that the celibacy issue creates a power link between the superiors and the priests, a controlling link that you have there. – Dr Tom Doyle ”

Miller alleged in his book that the sexual relationship between Brennan and Helferty allowed notorious St Pius X priest/teacher John Denham to blackmail Brennan and continue abusing boys at the school for years, and beyond when he left the school.

Miller has argued the Catholic Church must address the celibacy issue, and remove mandatory celibacy, because of the ability to control clerics who are supposed to be celibate.

Doyle refers to it as “the controlling link”.

Rolling coverage by Joanne McCarthy of the Royal Commission hearings into the Catholic Church.
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Pregnancy Clause – for female cricketers

It has been all over the news, the request by Cricket Australia that when signing a contract, women players need to state they are not currently pregnant and subsequently to alert the organisation and team doctor if they fall pregnant.

There were also reports in The AUSTRALIAN… ‘that the players are not provided with maternity leave provisions available to other employees at Cricket Australia.’

Will this become a reoccurring issue as women’s sport rises in popularity?

Was Cricket Australia doing as they suggest simply putting the player’s health and safety first? Or is this symptomatic of a larger problem, that sporting organisations just don’t know how to deal with professional female athletes without resulting in gender bias?

Co-author of SHINEI asked Megan Maurice, co-author of SHINE – The making of the Australian Netball Diamonds, to give me her take on the reports.

“We were fascinated with Shine to explore the complicated world of fertility and female athletes.” She states, “As Liz Ellis informs us in the book ‘Fertility waits for no woman,’ so it is certainly an issue that sporting bodies need to address if they want to extend the playing careers of their female athletes and allow them to lead balanced lives outside of sport.”

“For those who have doubts about the need to provide maternity leave entitlements to female athletes, I’d urge you to read the stories featured in Shine to better understand the sacrifices made by these athletes and the impact that policies like this can have on their careers and their lives.” Megan concludes.

It is an interesting question, when is an employer such as Cricket Australia intruding into a woman’s personal life and possibly prejudicing that player for selection, and when is it a duty of care by the employer to the player to provide for her safety?

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ThePrieststhebook.com – launched

New official website launched for The Priests

We are excited to announce that the new website – www.theprieststhebook.com – is now up and running.Author James Miller

This website will enable our author James Miller to share his thoughts and insights across a wide range of issues, from the Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse through to great bush walks that help to quiet the mind and deal with the fallout of abuse.

So check it out at http://www.theprieststhebook.com we can guarantee an interesting and insightful read.

 

THE BOOK OF HE – A guaranteed laugh on Christmas morning

THE BOOK OF HE

In the The Book of He, Peter Berner (comedian, television and radio personality) offers a delightfully droll look at modern life from the perspective of a very ordinary man who has no desire to be anything but very ordinary.

Peter writes in his introduction: ‘He never climbed a tall mountain or saved a family from a burning building or even donated his time to charity, but he also never stood in the way of anyone who wanted to do those things. That had to count for something.’

Berner uses a minimalist style: ‘I’ve always been attracted to simple line work both spoken and drawn. There is an economy to being able to tell a story using the least nucity-hub-pic-the-book-of-he-031215-1mber of lines. Plus, it’s a better hourly rate when you divide number of lines used into the fee,’ he says.

Peter does not work to a rou­tine: ‘Some day I’ll have an idea first and the drawing follows – but more often than not I will sit and start making marks on paper and watch what happens.

‘I take panic, self doubt, and a constant fear of disappoint­ing people and add to that blank paper, a pen and ink. I’ve never worked in what could be called a “structured fash­ion”.’

About Peter Berner

Peter Berner is one of Australia’s most popular and re­spected media entertainers, stand-up comics and corporate performers. He has written and performed solo come­dy in both Australia and the UK since 1988. Peter has been a gym instructor, petrol station attendant, newspaper copy boy, advertising executive, barman, auctioneer, film actor and banana picker. He has appeared in TV commercials, worked as a radio broadcaster, writer, magazine columnist, TV presenter, stand-up comic, artist, cartoonist, corporate speaker and now author. All this means he either has a wealth of life experience or can’t hold down a job. He currently lives on an island in the sun.

‘“He” is hilariouBook of He coverls. And so is Peter Berner. Loved it.’
Amanda Keller, co-host Jonesy & Amanda, Breakfast WSFM101.7 and host of The Living Room, Network 10

‘Peter’s not only one of my favourite stand-ups of all time but I now find out that he’s also a wonderfully funny cartoonist! I’m almost paralysed with jealousy.’
 Mikey Robins, comedian, writer, broadcaster and TV host

‘Who knew there were this many things to complain about? A perfect take down of modern life … This is Berner at his best.’  Paul Murray, journalist, broadcaster and host of Paul Murray Live, Sky News