& the World of Murray Whelan


John Clarke is dead…

Mon 10 Apr 2017

.. which just goes to show how fucked things are. People have been emailing me to say the links on this site relating to the two movies John and Sam Neil adapted from my books Stiff and The Brush-Off are currently cactus.  Unfortunately I have been neglecting the site for a couple of years and …read more »

Book reviewing

Mon 31 Mar 2014

I’m currently reading my way through a couple of novels for review purposes Lost for Words by Edward St Aubyn was sent to me by The Saturday Paper. It’s a broad comic farce set in the British literary world. It revolves around competition for the prestigous Elysian Prize (standing in, I assume, for the Booker). I’m …read more »

Merricks Yacht Club

Tue 12 Nov 2013

One of the villians in my novel ‘Stiff’ is named Lionel Merricks. By way of an unrelated fact, Merricks also the name of a little village on Westernport Bay, about 90 minutes from Melbourne. For reasons I still do not fully comprehend, I was recently invited to make a speech at the coronation of the …read more »

Melbourne Festival, que?

Tue 12 Nov 2013

Along with Malcolm Knox, Amanda Lohrey, Melissa Lucashenko and Chloe Hooper, I recently attended a number of Melbourne Festival events for a project of the Wheeler Centre called ‘Criticism Now’. The idea being to have non-‘professionals’ write personal responses to specific music, theatre and visual arts events in the festival program. The results will soon …read more »

Body in the Garden Festival 26-27 October

Tue 12 Nov 2013

Adelaide is, well, different. Where else would you find a free festival combining gardening and crime writing, staged amid the fronds of the Botanic Gardens on a blue-skied weekend when unidentified human remains are found in the fireplace of a South Australian farmhouse? I missed the Ned Kelly Awards this year on account of their …read more »

Crime Writers Association gets cracking

Wed 31 Jul 2013

The Australian Crime Writers Association now has a website. Take a look and find out about this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing which will be presented this year at the Brisbane Writers Festival To get crime-loving readers fired up for the occasion, Allen & Unwin are publishing If I Tell You I’ll Have to Kill …read more »

Geoffrey Rush narrates Encounters – now on television

Wed 31 Jul 2013

‘Australian Encounters’ is a series of historical sketches which have appeared in every issue of the The Monthly magazine since November 2005. I write the words, Chris Grosz does the illustration. Our collaboration has now moved to the small screeen in the form of three-minuted animated shorts which are now appearing immediately before the 7pm news on ABC …read more »

Boiled heads and Byron bound

Tue 24 Jul 2012

Peter Booth’s enigmatic paintings have long intrigued me. His most recent show features a number of these remarkable boiled heads – they look like psychological portraits of the leading lights of the NSW Right I’m just back from a brief foray into the Brazils – Rio and Salvador da Bahia – observing the local customs …read more »

‘Stiff’ goes classical

Sun 10 Jun 2012

When my first novel ‘Stiff’ was published in 1994, I had no idea of what would follow. Becoming a published novelist was an end in itself – the pinnacle of my ambitions. I hadn’t really given much thought to what next. I certainly had no grand scheme up my sleeve. I simply crossed my fingers …read more »

Goodbye Di

Fri 07 Oct 2011

Di Gribble died this week. She was a great soul. I cannot believe she is gone.