Stella Budrikis

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Stella Budrikis was born in England but has lived in Australia most of her life. She began writing articles for magazines and newspapers while working as a doctor in a rural community, then wrote cover articles and discussion papers for her church during a break in her medical career. She has now retired from medical work and is enjoying time to concentrate on research and writing.
Her first book, Susan, reflects her fascination with family history and the way that people respond to their genetic inheritance, upbringing and experiences. It grew out of a series of articles that she wrote for her family history blog, Clogs and Clippers, about her great great grandmother Susan Mason.
Stella and her husband live in Perth in Western Australia. The
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Stella Budrikis While writing this book (Susan) I've had a quote by Neil Fiore pinned to my desktop: "Keep on starting and finishing will take care of itself." It…moreWhile writing this book (Susan) I've had a quote by Neil Fiore pinned to my desktop: "Keep on starting and finishing will take care of itself." It reminds me that I only need to do the next thing, not the whole thing, today.
I also kept telling myself that this, my first book, was just an experiment, a way of learning how to write and publish a book. No matter what happened, or how bad it seemed to be, I was still learning something. I could use other authors' books as inspiration, but I didn't expect myself to produce something like, say, a Thomas Keneally book, on the first attempt. (less)
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A different view of WWI

During the centenary of the 1914-1918 war just concluded, we’ve heard a lot about the millions of men in Britain (and Australia and Canada) who rushed to enlist when the war broke out. We’ve heard much less of those who argued against enlisting, both before and during the war.





At the moment I’m reading Not Our War, edited by A. W. Zurbrugg, which brings together a selection of writings by people...

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"Probably the best book I've read over the last decade. Magical, in fact. "
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Shakespeare by Bill Bryson
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Perth by David Whish-Wilson
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David Whish-Wilson manages to nail so much of what makes Perth unique. His descriptions of the light, the landscape and the social ambience are superb. Reading his apparently rambling but actually well-structured stroll through Perth, past and presen ...more
A Fence Around The Cuckoo by Ruth Park
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A Fence Around the Cuckoo is the first of two volumes which make up Ruth Park’s autobiography; the telling of her childhood in New Zealand through harsh and devastating poverty, the Great Depression and the intense and devoted love of her par..." Read more of this review »
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"An honest account that I couldn't put down. What an incredible life.

This book is full of trials and tragedy and yet it never feels depressing. In fact, it's quite the opposite: it exudes positivity and the genuine joy that comes with gratitude.

I w..." Read more of this review »
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The Jane Austen Writers’ Club by Rebecca Smith
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This is mostly the same practical advice you can get from almost any book on fiction writing. What makes it worth reading are the long quotes from Jane Austen's own novels and letters, and the snippets of information about her life, her relationships ...more
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Secondhand Jesus by Glenn Packiam
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If I hadn't read "A Gentleman in Moscow", first, I would probably have enjoyed this book more. It's well written, with a rich and fast-moving plot, a tantalising variety of characters and a lively setting. There's the same wonderful descriptive style ...more
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“Keep on starting and finishing will take care of itself.”
Neil Fiore

Louis Menand
“You can’t observe historical events; you can’t question historical actors; you can’t even know most of what has not been written about. What has been written about therefore takes on an importance that may be spurious. A few lines in a memoir, a snatch of recorded conversation, a letter fortuitously preserved, an event noted in a diary: all become luminous with significance—even though they are merely the bits that have floated to the surface. The historian clings to them, while, somewhere below, the huge submerged wreck of the past sinks silently out of sight.”
Louis Menand

Hilary Mantel
“Evidence is always partial. Facts are not truth, though they are part of it – information is not knowledge. And history is not the past – it is the method we have evolved of organising our ignorance of the past. It’s the record of what’s left on the record. It’s the plan of the positions taken, when we to stop the dance to note them down. It’s what’s left in the sieve when the centuries have run through it – a few stones, scraps of writing, scraps of cloth. It is no more “the past” than a birth certificate is a birth, or a script is a performance, or a map is a journey. It is the multiplication of the evidence of fallible and biased witnesses, combined with incomplete accounts of actions not fully understood by the people who performed them. It’s no more than the best we can do, and often it falls short of that.”
Hilary Mantel

W. Somerset Maugham
“I thought with melancholy how an author spends months writing a book, and maybe puts his heart’s blood into it, and then it lies about unread till the reader has nothing else in the world to do.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge

Anne Lamott
“I do not understand the mystery of grace -- only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.”
Anne Lamott

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