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. In October 2020 her second book, The Edward Street Baby Farm
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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 rem…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)
Stella Budrikis Do it. Have a go. Even if you don't know what to do, the answers are all out there somewhere.…moreDo it. Have a go. Even if you don't know what to do, the answers are all out there somewhere.(less)
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The SS Sultan sails into Fremantle

The SS Sultan

(Today marks the anniversary of the unofficial opening of Fremantle Harbour, when the SS Sultan entered the channel in the Swan River.)

Just after 11 o���clock, on the morning of Tuesday, 4 May 1897, the SS Sultan left its moorings at the long jetty in Gage Roads, off the coast of Fremantle, under the command of Captain Frank Pitts. The ship, with its distinctive blue funnel and twin

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"I adored this book because the characters' story is taken straight from my ancestral background on my mother's side. They are devout German and Prussian Lutherans who make the huge sacrifice of migrating to South Australia on a grueling six-month jou" Read more of this review »
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"My new book "Magnificent Rebels. The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self" is the  story about a remarkable group of young rebels who changed the way we think about ourselves and the world. Here is a sneak preview of its cover. It'll be p..." Read more of this blog post »
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As a narrative non-fiction writer, I often find books intended to help novelists edit their work helpful. But they generally don't take into account that I can't 'invent' new material, add imaginary characters or change the order in which events happ ...more
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A well-researched book looking at the lives and legacy of both Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie. Much of the research is original, revealing the pressures and opposition both Macquaries faced because of their belief that convicts could be redeemed and ...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.”
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