November 23, 2014


Many thanks to Melbourne's The Herald Sun for publishing an extract from Last Woman Hanged. 


They chose to focus on the hangman, bumbling Robert 'Nosey Bob' Howard who also hanged the Aboriginal tracker, Jimmy Governor (later made famous in Thomas Keneally's The Chant...

November 20, 2014




One partner dead. Then two. Then three. Then four, five, six ... then SEVEN partners dead?!  


No wonder they call her the Black Widow. 


Japanese police yesterday arrested Chisako Kakehi is a 67-year-old, multi-millionaire from Kyoto, Japan, whose seven partners - ye...

November 19, 2014


Many thanks to the staff at the Stanton Library in North Sydney for hosting a lively talk on Last Woman Hanged on Tuesday.


The audience was fully engaged with Louisa's story and the questions were terrific. 


Thank you also to Jay Lansdown from Constant Read...

November 17, 2014


Hey, what's this thing called an e-book bundle? 


Well, funny you should ask! The e-book bundle is new to the Australian marketplace. 


Essentially, it's a special, wrapped package whereby you can buy both the book and the e-book in one bundle. 


Why, you ask, would you...

November 17, 2014




It even sounds beautiful - and it is. 


Belltrees is a magnificent pastoral station in the Hunter Valley.


It has been owned and managed by the White family for seven generations. 


It is special to me because Louisa Collins was born at Belltrees. 


Her father...

November 15, 2014


Well, I couldn't be more thrilled. 


Mum sent me this list of the Top 10 best-sellers from The Age this morning - and look at No. 3.  


It's Last Woman Hanged. 


Now, I realise it's the Military and History bestsellers - and my friend Peter FitzSimons is kicking my...

November 14, 2014

South Australia. 


It's history is very different to that of New South Wales. 


South Australia is the Free State: it was never a penal colony. People did not go there in chains. They were not thrashed in the streets or forced into servitude.


South Australia was first an...

November 13, 2014

Thank you to Booktopia's John Purcell (journalist) and Andrew Cattanach (camerman) for this interview about the hopelessness of Louisa's situation.  


November 11, 2014

Travelling in South Australia this week, it seems that all the state is abuzz with the death of a man called Kenneth Perry. 


Who was he? He was the last surviving husband of Emily Perry, known as The Black Widow. 


The case truly is bizarre. 



Emily was f...

November 9, 2014

THE crime of murder is most often carried out by men, against other men, and it's very rarely carried out in a cool and pre-meditated way, despite what you see on TV. 


The US has, in recent months, been transfixed by this terrible exception: an eminent scientific...

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