Guest Post – Gillian Polack – Truth and Lies

I am hosting Gillian Polack on my blog in the lead up to her new book ‘The Wizardry of  Jewish Women’  Please give her a warm welcome *clap clap clap clap*



Truth and lies

Readers have been playing guessing games with my novels for a while. I began by inventing everything. Right from the beginning, the readers of Illuminations assumed that the novel was about me and that events were real. Except they weren’t. The whole novel was invented.

Alas for humanity, for I’m an unredeemed stirrer. The moment I realised that most readers think that I write about reality, I started sneaking bits in. With Ms Cellophane and with The Art of Effective Dreaming, there are real incidents. Sometimes they’re things I experienced and sometimes they’re borrowed from friends. I challenged readers to guess which bits of the novel they were. No-one has so far got it right unless they were part of the event, in which case they laugh at me and say “I was there.”

My personal favourite error was when someone said “I know what’s real. The incident at the Murrumbidgee. That’s real.” This would be the moment when one of my characters swam naked in the Murrumbidgee (a local river) and was arrested. Me, I’m very self-conscious and seldom wear anything that could be called revealing even with a very stretchy imagination, so even paddling naked is unlikely. Swimming at all is impossible, for I can’t. So that’s an invention, complete and wholly fake.

Since it’s such a fun thing to do (at least for as long as it takes for readers to work out what’s what) I’ve done it again in my new novel, The Wizardry of Jewish Women.

In the interest of fair play, I’ll give you a head start. Two episodes, two hints.

There is a particularly splendid garden in the novel. One to make poets weep and artists dream. This garden is based on a friend’s. She is an amazing gardener and her garden in Canberra was the inspiration for Belinda’s garden in Canberra. I can’t tell you which of the various aspects of its story are real (for that would spoil things), but one most certainly is. This one is possible to deduce from the events, however. And that’s your hint.

The incident where Rhonda goes to Parliament House actually happened. It was an amalgam of three different events from my mad past. The senior politician who sat on the stone table was based Carmen Lawrence sitting on that same cold table. I can’t say who the other politicians were, because they’re amalgams of several who I met very briefly on different occasions. Some of that sequence actually happened, therefore and some most definitely did not.

None of the characters in my novel are real. I took the stone table incident from that occasion with Lawrence (where I was wearing a top that had holes in – ask me what really happened sometime) but I didn’t even try to give her personality to the politician in the novel.

This novel may have events inspired by real life incidents, but the people are all invented. This is how I manage to make events that look real and yet have them fit in the story. The Wizardry of Jewish Women has more borrowed events than most, but every single one of them has been reshaped to fit the characters in the story. No matter how much truth there is in them, they’re all lies.

Gillian will be launching ‘The Wizardry of Jewish Women’ at Readings, Hawthorn on the 5th of September at 6:30pm. We would love to see you there! If you can’t make it but would have liked to get a personally signed copy then please email Tarran on obiwankenobi31[at] hotmail {dot} com or you can pre-order a copy from Satalyte Publishing here


Book Launch – Gillian Polack – The Wizardry of Jewish Women

The fantastic Gillian Polack is releasing her new book ‘The Wizardry of Jewish Women’ at Readings, Hawthorn on the 5th of September at 6:30pm. A delightful, poignant novel that details the lives of Jewish women in Canberra. Mystical, memorial, and cheeky – come and experience the launch of one the next talked about spec-fiction books to be released this year. There may even be pink tutu’s involved.

Gillian Polack Launch Picture

Tales From The Scribe Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Tales From The Scribe by Tarran Jones

Tales From The Scribe

by Tarran Jones

Giveaway ends September 15, 2016.

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Tales From The Scribe is now LIVE

That is right.

You can now read my collection ‘Tales From The Scribe’ It is officially live on Amazon with the Kindle and print version.

Book Depository available HERE

Kindle available HERE

Amazon Paperback available HERE

Kobo available HERE

Smashwords available HERE

Tales From The Scribe: A Collection

Tales From The Scribe: A Collection

Time twisting, dystopian, and epic fantasy stories

Tale of Cerdiwen
Cerdiwen of Llyr was thrown into another time. Suddenly faced with the real people and situations she was just reading about, will Cerdiwen be able to do as Taliesin instructed? Can she save her mother?

Life After Death
What really happens to us after we die? A question asked by many over the years. Gillian goes on a dark journey to discover her own life and death.

Dance of the Gods
Looking a noble in the eyes is punishable by death. This is what Ryukan faces when he comes across a noblewoman who is lost in the woods. Can the Dance of the Gods change Ryukan’s fate?

Icons of Power
Australia is in ruins.
Light and Dark are fighting for control of the Icons of Power. Whomever has then, can change the world. The race is on to gain control of the last Icon.

It has started to get some great reviews already!

Jul 15, 2016 Kayla rated it liked it 3 Stars

Tales from the Scribe consists of a collection of four short stories by Adelaide writer, Tarran Jones, and joined by a mystical theme. Each short story is broken into chapters, making it easy to read in small bursts, or as a whole. The e-book version which I read was beautifully typeset and visually appealing throughout.
The first story is Journey of Cerdiwen and centres around a Druid girl, Cerdiwen who time travels during a ceremony to change the course of history. The goddess, Epona, guides
her hand, leading her through time to her mother (from whom she was stolen) in time to prevent a war.
The second, Life and Death, is perhaps the one I engaged with most. It follows Gillian, a woman who commits suicide, through her journey into the afterlife. It speculates about reincarnation, and the beginning and end of life being centred on blood and pain.
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Kathryn White reviews it on her site

Tales From the Scribe by Adelaide author Tarran Jones moves at a fast, though strangely dreamlike pace where the imagery and setting can change in an instant–and it works.

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Book Review – Ruined – Amy Tintera

Ruined (Ruined, #1)Ruined by Amy Tintera

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Amy Tintera’s work and this book is simply fantastic. The characters are well developed and you see the progression they go through as you read.

Loved Cas and Em, they fall in love even though Em knows she isn’t meant to love the enemy.

Fabulously written and once again I am left hanging for book two. There we get to see the monster Lera created.

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Book Review – The Doctor Calling – Meredith Appleyard

The Doctor CallingThe Doctor Calling by Meredith Appleyard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great Australian outback story. The characters are engaging and the author makes you care about them.

The feel of the house Laura inherited is strong and you can picture it in your mind. Very realistic portrayal of country life.

My first book by Meredith but it won’t be my last.

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Book Review -Missing – Melanie Casey

Missing (Cass Lehman and Detective Ed Dyson #3)Missing by Melanie Casey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another brilliant book by Melanie Casey.

Cass and Ed are together and working out how to be a couple. Ed gets a case where someone is killing homeless men in Adelaide.

Cass has her own problems when the past comes back to hurt her and te ones she loves.

Brilliant writing and wonderful description of our city.

Took me only a day to finish the book and I am curious if there will be anymore books in this series. I really hope so.

Love reading a book set in my home city.

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