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Holden Sheppard

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​Holden Sheppard is an award-winning author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia.

His debut novel Invisible Boys (Fremantle Press, 2019) won multiple accolades, including the 2019 West Australian Premier's Prize for an Emerging Writer and the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. In 2020, Invisible Boys was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and was named a Notable Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia. The novel is now in development as a television series.

Holden's second novel The Brink will be published by Text Publishing in August 2022.

Holden's writing has been published in books including Growing Up in Country Australia (Black Inc, 2022), Hometown Haunts (Wakefield Press, 2021), How To Be A
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Holden Sheppard G'day Lewis. Congrats on becoming a writer, too. No, I can't say I've ever hated Gero, to be honest! I always had huge affection for the town, even th…moreG'day Lewis. Congrats on becoming a writer, too. No, I can't say I've ever hated Gero, to be honest! I always had huge affection for the town, even though I moved to the big smoke once I was old enough to. It wasn't easy for me growing up gay and closeted there but the town itself is beautiful and I love the vibe, the people, the laid back essence of it all. I do think growing up in a small town made me hungrier and more dogged to chase my dreams, because it seems implausible that a Gero boy would ever make it as an author - so it drove me to work exceptionally hard to make it come true! :)(less)
Holden Sheppard You get to do what you love all the time. Regardless of whether you've been paid an advance or some tiny trickle of royalties or nothing at all, the m…moreYou get to do what you love all the time. Regardless of whether you've been paid an advance or some tiny trickle of royalties or nothing at all, the most rewarding part is creating universes and people and calling it work. (less)
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An Alternate Ending to “Game of Thrones”

Orright, so this is the weirdest thing I’ve ever posted on this blog.

The return of the GAME OF THRONES universe to our screens last week with HOUSE OF THE DRAGON (2022) ignited a twitter conversation with some of my followers today. Specifically, we were discussing the much-maligned ending to the original series of GOT in 2019.

Many fans felt cheated and let down by that ending – a surprise and u

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Where the Line Breaks by Michael  Burrows
"As the author of the book, I might be a little biased, but if you can't be your own cheerleader then whats the point! I really feel like there is something in the book for everyone, from historical fiction lovers, to romance, war, humour, and a lot t" Read more of this review »
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As the author, I can say without bias that The Brink is an absolute ripper novel and definitely the best book I've had published this year. Please buy it so I can afford food, cheers. ...more
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"Big, bold, brave, open-minded, full-hearted, this is a novel that reveals Australian life in its truest form - it isn't pretty, and neither should it be. The characters are alive on the page and full of psychological complexity and desires (they're n" Read more of this review »
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Lie With Me by Philippe Besson
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Heartbreaking, poignant, resonant. Beautifully and tautly written, and sharply translated by Molly Ringwald.
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The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs
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Powerful and unabashed in its deep dive into the anger and trauma of gay men throughout the years.
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Powerful and unabashed in its deep dive into the anger and trauma of gay men throughout the years.
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The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
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An incredibly useful and validating exploration of trauma and where it is stored in the body - and what to do about it. I found it extremely resonant.
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An incredibly useful and validating exploration of trauma and where it is stored in the body - and what to do about it. I found it extremely resonant.
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