Nikki Gemmell: Honestly

Nikki Gemmell: Honestly

Honestly: Notes on Life

by Nikki Gemmell

Fourth Estate, $19.99 pb, 221 pp, 9780732295899

Gillian Dooley

Gillian Dooley

Gillian Dooley is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in English at Flinders University, and a Visiting Fellow in the Music Department

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The skills involved in writing successful novels are rather different from those needed for a weekly newspaper column. In a column, a thousand words must engage the reader, week in week out, whether or not the writer has anything urgent to say. A short deadline is less forgiving, allowing scant time for polishing and self-editing. On the other hand, stylistic idiosyncrasies that might become tiresomely repetitive in a longer format can be indulged, even encouraged – part of the charm.

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Published in February 2013 no. 348

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