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Linda Jaivin

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Linda Jaivin is the author of twelve books, including the forthcoming (May 2021) The Shortest History of China and the novel The Empress Lover, published in April 2014 as well as the travel companion Beijing, published in July 2014. Other major publications include the Quarterly Essay: Found in Translation (late 2013), five novels and a novella, a collection of essays (Confessions of an S&M Virgin) and a China memoir (Monkey and the Dragon). Her first novel was the internationally bestselling comic erotic Eat Me. The Empress Lover follows A Most Immoral Woman, which is set in China and Japan in 1904 and based on a true story. She is also a translator from Chinese and a playwright. She was the winner of the 2014 New South Wales Writers Fello ...more

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Linda Jaivin I just force myself to keep writing - you can't be precious about how you approach your writing. I may write 100,000 words and end up throwing away ha…moreI just force myself to keep writing - you can't be precious about how you approach your writing. I may write 100,000 words and end up throwing away half - that's okay. You just have to practice and practice and play with your ideas and your characters until they start to come good. And if all else fails, answer your emails and do your taxes.(less)
Linda Jaivin The idea to write the Empress Lover came from a fascination with the historical figure Edmund Backhouse: as a forger, a confidence man, an introvert, …moreThe idea to write the Empress Lover came from a fascination with the historical figure Edmund Backhouse: as a forger, a confidence man, an introvert, a scholar and an erotic memoirist who blended fact and fiction, he strikes me as the archetypal novelist. I thought about creating a character who would consider herself his heir. And then I thought about the way we all process our memories into stories, especially sad or traumatic memories. All these thoughts eventually came together as a novel.(less)
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The Rich Man's House The Rich Man's House by Andrew McGahan

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This, Andrew McGahon's last book, is such a strange and gripping novel. It had me by turns terrified, astonished and wondering at the meaning of it all. Australia lost a unique storyteller, and the world lost a very lovely person when Andrew left us.



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Published on April 26, 2021 03:06

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message 4: by Linda

Linda Tom wrote: "Thanks for recommending Susan Faludi's book to me. Also, I hope you're well! Been a long time since we had any contact (and I live in Canada these days too)."

Hi Tom! I was wondering why I hadn't seen you around the traps for a while. How's Canada treating you? Which part of the country are you in? And are you still writing? Very best wishes to you!
Linda x


message 3: by Tom

Tom Thanks for recommending Susan Faludi's book to me. Also, I hope you're well! Been a long time since we had any contact (and I live in Canada these days too).


message 2: by Linda

Linda Greg wrote: "Congratulations Linda, on winning the 2014 NSW Writers' Fellowship.

I just noticed your achievement on The State Library of New South Wales Facebook page. Well done!"


Thank you so much, Greg! I'm more than thrilled!


message 1: by Greg

Greg Congratulations Linda, on winning the 2014 NSW Writers' Fellowship.

I just noticed your achievement on The State Library of New South Wales Facebook page. Well done!


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