Foreign aid benefits everyone

We all love a bargain – and are all inclined to congratulate ourselves when we find one. I certainly do…especially when it comes to my weakness around nice clothes. But how often do we stop to remember that our “bargain” is possible only because someone has made our briefly-desired object for far less money than […]

Stephanie Dowrick thinks about work

Countless people draw on work for identity as much as income. But this can leave people feeling immensely vulnerable to others’ decisions and whims. Far greater freedom can come from consciously deciding that no matter what your work is, what most positively affects your wellbeing are the values you seek to express through your work […]

The Universal Heart

The Universal Heart

A ‘tour de force in matters of the heart’ Claire Scobie, Kindred Spirit      This powerful, beautiful, transformative book reminds us on every page that a life worth living is a life of love. Love is the currency that transcends all others. Love connects us most deeply to our best selves, as well as […]

A new book for children from Stephanie Dowrick

A new book for children from Stephanie Dowrick

Stephanie Dowrick’s new children book is The Moon Shines Out of the Dark, an enchanting, tender story of a little boy called Harry who must wait through a long night for the moon to reappear in the sky – and for Mum to return home. All the while Harry is remembering the lovely rhythms and events […]

Stephanie Dowrick writes The Moon Shines Out of the Dark

The Moon Shines Out of the Dark is Stephanie Dowrick’s first children’s book for many years. It’s a tender, touching story for 4-7 year olds, focusing on an enchanting little boy called Harry. The book is wonderfully illustrated by award-winning artist and illustrator, Anne Spudvilas. “A great addition to any bookshelf and a moving story […]

Anna Funder’s All That I Am

Stephanie Dowrick reviews Anna Funder’s exceptional debut novel, recent winner of the Miles Franklin (published by Penguin Australia). This review first appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald. What kind of people dare to dream of a better world than the one in which they find themselves? Ruth – one of this immensely fine novel’s two […]

Reading recommendations!

My on-line bookstore is administered and run by Seek/Collins and is less than exciting in design (I’m in their hands on this). However, because of their size it offers a vast range of books, many available immediately, and all at a minimum discount of 10% off the retail price. That means you can find for […]

Cheers, anyone?

One in 8 Australian adults drinks alcohol to excess. Fourteen per cent of our children live with at least one parent who drinks to excess. (And is frightening, sometimes violent and always unsafe and self-absorbed.) More than 3000 Australians die each year as the result of excessive drinking. Alcohol abuse and misuse is estimated to […]

Stephanie Dowrick on choice and freedom

Most of us talk a great deal about freedom. And regard it as an ideal. Living that ideal though – and the sense of choice and inner authority that it implies – is something else altogether. In my own life I struggle not to use the “slave” words: “have to”, “must”, “can’t”. And I try […]

A whole life

Thomas Merton: “If you want a spiritual life, you must unify your life. A life is either all spiritual or not at all. No man [or woman] can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.” Desiring,seeking: this means giving […]

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