Amra Pajalic

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Amra Pajalic is an author and teacher. Her debut novel The Good Daughter (Text Publishing, 2009) won the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature's Civic Choice Award, and was a finalist in the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature Best Writing Award. Prior to publication it was shortlisted in the 2007 Victorian Premier's Awards for Best Unpublished Manuscript. She is also author of a novel for children Amir: Friend on Loan (Garratt Publishing, 2014).

She is co-editor of the anthology Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia (Allen and Unwin, 2014) that was was shortlisted for the 2015 Children's Book Council of Australia Eve Pownall Award for Information Books and was selected by the Grattan Institute for the 2015 Summer Reading List for Prim
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Amra Pajalic Usually writer's block for me is emotional exhaustion and creative fatigue so I need to take a time out, read some amazing books and slowly re-fill my…moreUsually writer's block for me is emotional exhaustion and creative fatigue so I need to take a time out, read some amazing books and slowly re-fill my creative well. Then I need to give myself permission to write really, really badly in order to write at all. The more I write, even if it's badly, the more the muse comes back to life. Sometimes if I can't write I type lyrics to songs until the little voice in my head returns.(less)
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Musings on Grief

It is a week when the grief for my mother and stepfather engulfs me, feeling like a stone on my chest and the clawing pain that comes with it. On my daily walk on Friday I detoured from my usual path and went down the street where my mother's best friend lived. I haven't been in touch with F. since my mother's funeral. I wanted to reach out but with the pandemic and lockdown, survival was paramoun Read more of this blog post »
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A good follow up to her debut novel Dark Lake in this novel Gemma Woodstock is in Melbourne and on a new case. There were some great twists and turns and I thought I had the murderer worked out, but was dead wrong. Bailey does suspense so well and I ...more
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This is a hard novel to read about a woman who is a prisoner at a camp and is subjected to mass rape. Drakulic wrote this novel based on heavy research and interviews with women who suffered through this fate and the scenes at the camp, the way that ...more
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A page-turning thriller that I read in one day. I loved Gemma as a character, she was so tough, flawed and yet so relatable. There was such a sense of atmosphere and Bailey was brilliant with her range and scope in creating various points of view. Am ...more
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This is a short story collection that was so chilling and creepy. It was ultimately satisfying and I enjoyed dipping in and out of the stories. I feel like each story was more horrific than the next. The first story The Door is almost half the book a ...more
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Cait struggles under the paralysing weight of anxiety and depression. In her Ramsey has created a character who is stuck in place, terrified of death and so unable to live. She recreates the paralysis and weight of anxiety very well and Cait's story ...more
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This is an incredible memoir about Amra's experiences living under siege in Bihac during the Balkan War of 1992-1995. It was an amazing insight into the hardship and heartbreak of war. Maci, the cat that Amra and her family adopted was such a beautif ...more
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“Our mother was different, but that’s what we liked about her. While other children had strict routines and consequences, we had freedom and frivolity— and we didn’t want the party to end.”
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“She was a victim of her own brain chemistry, and as her daughter my role was to accept and love her for who she was, not who I wanted her to to be.”
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“My brother and I only had each other and it was our job to protect Mum from well-meaning adults who saw her as an adult-child incapable of performing her parental responsibilities.”
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