In order to get more accurate results, our search has the following Google-Type search functionality:
If you use '+' in front of a word, then that word will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry +Potter will return results with the word 'Potter'.
If you use '-' in front of a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry -Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between two words, then both of those words will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry AND Potter will return results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'OR' between two words, then bth of those words may or may not be present in the search results.
ex: Harry OR Potter will return results with just 'Harry', results with just 'Potter' and results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry NOT Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
Placing '""' around words will perform a phrase search. The search results will contain those words in that order.
ex: "Harry Potter" will return any results with 'Harry Potter' in them, but not 'Potter Harry'.
Using '*' in a word will perform a wildcard search. The '*' signifies any number of characters. Searches can not start with a wildcard.
ex: Pot*er will return results with words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er'. In this case, 'Potter' will be a match.
Mary Pomfret, author of The Hard Seed, in conversation with Zhiling Gao
With special guest Canberra poet Merlinda Bobis
After years of living in the harsh Australian outback, Iris Bloom returns with her ailing husband to her hometown in the south. Old memories surface and begin to disturb and haunt her. Iris tries to make sense of her murky past through her writing. But she discovers that dangerous writing can sometimes have fatal consequences. Fearing she might reveal a dark secret they buried long ago, Iris's family refuse to accept her back into the fold. After her death, Iris leaves her unpublished manuscript - dedicated to someone called Rose - in the hands of her solicitor. Iris's letters are interwoven with her stories about intriguing but deeply troubled characters. Just what is fact and what is fiction in the stories Iris leaves behind? Why does this matter so? And who is Rose? Immensely readable, this psychological mystery is both emotionally shocking, but captivating until the end.
Mary Pomfret is an award-nominated writer. Mary's creative work has been published widely in literary journals and anthologies. Mary is inspired by the legacies of generations of women writers such as Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf, Alice Munro and Elizabeth Jolley. The short story form is a passion for Mary, in particular short story cycles in which stories blend, fold back and intersect with each other.
Zhiling Gao who grew up in Inner Mongolia and now works as an interpreter, literary translator, language teacher, broadcaster and author in Melbourne.