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BattleAxe, The Axis Trilogy and Sara’s Women: Re-reading Sara Douglass with Karen Brooks

BattleAxe, The Axis Trilogy and Sara’s Women: Re-reading Sara Douglass with Karen Brooks

It’s hard to believe it’s been two decades since Battleaxe first hit Australian shelves and entered readers’ imaginations. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of this game-changing novel, other writers have meaningfully reflected upon how and why Sara and her work were both aspirational and inspirational in terms of their own craft and the Australian fantasy-writing scene. In […]

Fiona McIntosh remembers Sara Douglass

Fiona McIntosh remembers Sara Douglass

I read BattleAxe as an advance reading copy two decades ago; it was handed to me by a bookseller addicted to reading fantasy and keen to get this new writer moving.  This was a time in my life when the thought of writing a novel was only a vague notion drifting on the rim of […]

20 Years of BattleAxe

Earlier this week we were pretty excited to finally get finished copies of a very special book- the upcoming 20th Anniversary edition of Sara Douglass’s original breakthrough bestseller and, arguably, one of Australia’s most influential and important fantasy books, BattleAxe. Going through our archive shelves I was VERY happy to find a first edition paperback of […]

BattleAxe: 20th Anniversary Edition

BattleAxe: 20th Anniversary Edition

  “Sara was both pathfinder and inspiration; we owe her a great debt.” – Juliet Marillier  Sara Douglass was a pioneering voice in Australian fantasy.  Inspired by a tiny plastic axe she found on a walk, the story that became her debut BattleAxe spun out into an epic world and a thrilling saga of war, […]

Sara Douglass- In Memoriam

Sara Douglass- In Memoriam

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since Sara died. It’s not that the reality of her death isn’t apparent; the ache of her absence is constant and painful. Rather, I think it’s because through her books, short stories and lingering cyber-presence she continues to touch, challenge and move us. In some ways, […]