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Valverde Maclean

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Some people like to hold a book in their hand.  Others like eBooks.  I’ve been told you can read an eBook in bed without turning on a light and disturbing your sleeping partner.  I’ve also been told they are great for travelling because they don’t use up your luggage allowance.  One reader likes eBooks because they don’t take up space on the shelf.  And finally, they are great for people who need larger print because you can resize the text to suit your preference.

“The Letter” has just been released as an eBook and has joined my other books “The Disappearance of Merry” and “Magenta” in both print and digital formats.  They are available from Amazon.  Just search for Valverde Maclean, or go to my website and click on the links “Buy the Books” and “Select your eBook”.


William Shakespeare and Barcaldine in Western Queensland  wouldn’t seem to have a great deal in common.  After all Barcaldine didn’t even exist when Shakespeare was alive.

However Western Queensland was a very lively place in the late 1800s as the wool industry expanded rapidly.

The Shakespeare Hotel, the grandest of the many hotels in town, served the needs of graziers.  It still operates if you need a beer, a bed or a meal.  Other hotels met the needs of station hands and thirsty shearers.  It helped that they were just opposite the railway station.

Three Australian expressions refer to faraway places.  

They all involve the letter ’B’.

Readers will find the answer in The Letter