Michael Gorey
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The Pillars of the Earth
The Pillars of the Earth
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If you can possibly imagine a cross between Thomas Hardy and Wilbur Smith you might begin to conceive the grandeur of Ken Follett's epic work The Pillars of the Earth. There are hints of Jude and Tess in the tragic elements of Pillars, and the rural landscape also reminds of Hardy. The chronology of families through generations, and the gripping narrative, will be familiar to readers of ...

Michael 06 June 2021, 11:44

Havoc in its Third Year
Havoc in its Third Year
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Havoc in its Third Year is a powerful, moving novel set in the religious turmoil of 1630s England. Written by Ronan Bennett, it was only after beginning this book that I realised he had also crafted The Catastrophist, which I read and enjoyed several years ago. The Catastrophist is set in the dying days of Belgian rule in the Congo and portrays the various conflicts that arose during that ...

Michael 06 June 2021, 14:31

The elite newspaper of the future
The elite newspaper of the future
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Here's an article I wrote in October 2008 regarding the future of newspapers: Philip Meyer has written a thoughtful article for the American Journalism Review titled “The elite newspaper of the future”. Meyer is regarded as something of a prophet, having written “The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age” in 2004. In his latest essay he ...

Michael 04 June 2021, 23:53

Journalism: Attributing opinion
Journalism: Attributing opinion
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Here's an article I wrote in September 2003 headlined "modern journalism": I was interested to hear Andrew Denton’s interview last night with veteran White House press corps member Helen Thomas. I empathised with her comment that it’s hard to start writing opinion pieces after years of straight reporting. It also made me realise that I’m in the older ...

Michael 04 June 2021, 23:21

Norfolk Island
Norfolk Island
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I recently had the pleasure of spending a week on Norfolk Island to experience its rich heritage, culture and natural environment. For those who don't know, Norfolk Island is 1412km directly east of Australia. Its renowned for being the site of a punitive convict settlement in the late 18th and early 19th century. Later, it became the home of Pitcairn Islanders who were descendants of the ...

Michael 04 June 2021, 20:17

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