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J. Marie Nicholls grew up in rural Victoria, Australia, but moved to the city at the age of 18. She trained as a photographer, then as a filmmaker and worked in the film industry for ten years.

'Sleeping Gods' has now been self-published using Blurb.com and removed from this site. Authonomy has been a useful tool in the editing process, and in making lasting connections with other new writers. Thank you everyone...you know who you are!
After many hours reading and giving feedback to others - leaving little time for my own writing - I have reluctantly decided that, this time around, I will only read and comment for those who do the same for me. Please don't solicit a read from me unless you have read at least one of the stories in this collection.

Crocodile Smile - a collection of short stories - is a work in progress, so all feedback is welcome.

favourite books

Michael Ondaatje's 'In the Skin of a Lion'
Joan London's 'Gilgamesh'
Susie Orbach's 'The Impossibility of Sex'
Marguerite Yourcenar's 'Zeno of Bruges'
William Golding's 'The Inheritors'
Jim Crace's 'The Gift of Stones'
Bron Nicholls' 'Reasons of the Heart'
Roberto Calasso's The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony
Milan Kundera's 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being'
Amanda Lohrey's 'Camille's Bread

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Crocodile Smile & other storie....

J. Marie Nicholls

Humour and tragedy, youth and old age. Life happens. If you recognise yourself in here, it is no accident.

Although this collection of short stories is fictional, each of them has been drawn from real events. Among the familiar and the familial there are surprises, intriguing strangers, heroes, horrors and miracles. Each narrative invites the reader to discover themselves - in a dying child hallucinating in a hospital ward; a woman watching a demanding parent grow old ungracefully; a son unable to prevent his father from drink-driving; a traveller exchanging palm readings with the natives of a foreign city; an orphan imagining a new identity...and many more. It is the little things that make us human.

The story titles:
(1) Crocodile Smile. (2) Waiting for Bohemians.
(3) Treachery. (4) My Mate Jeff.
(5) Lady Luck meets Foreign Currency on the Day After the Revolution.
(6) Lifeways in Amazonia. (7) Top Gear.
(8) Conversations with Francis. (9) That Pokhara Feeling.
(10) The Ants' Nest. (11) Inland Sailing.


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Eliza Moon wrote 24 days ago

Hi Marie, Hope you are good. Sorry I have been slow with getting on ....

Tillerman wrote 36 days ago

Hello J.Marie, Please don't think this is spam, because it's not. ....

Eliza Moon wrote 36 days ago

Hi Marie, No his character didn't turn me off at all, as I said, I t....

Raymond Crane wrote 36 days ago

Thanks for commenting on THE BEACH. Yes it is quite comic and it gets....

Casimir Greenfield wrote 36 days ago

Hello there - I thought I was responding to your request...but no pro....

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I wrote 13 days ago

Although this story has been classified as Fiction, and Thriller, it has a heavy ring of truth. As I read I am convinced that the author has directly experienced, if not this exactly, something very close to it. There is a quality to the language, suggestive of English as a second language, that ad... view book

I wrote 21 days ago

Lovely to read more of this intriguing story about life in Inner Mongolia during the cultural revolution. I have just finished chapter 10 and am left wanting more. The first person narrator's voice continues to be as compelling as in the beginning of this sad-funny memoir, and the occasional strugg... view book

I wrote 37 days ago

Read the first 4 chapters of this story (I guess it's almost a novella) and found the relationship between the two women, mourning their friend's death, very thoughtful, and readable. The plot thickens when the part time cowboy arrives, but I confess I found him a little predictable. The potential... view book

I wrote 39 days ago

Clearly in the hands of a very professional writer. HarperCollins, take a look here! I especially agree with comments below about the cinematic quality. The book would certainly become a film. There is a large audience for this genre, and when the writing is this seamless, success ought to be inev... view book

I wrote 39 days ago

Well…I'm still chuckling. And wondering now how to say this: This collection of stories is totally unpublishable (through traditional channels) for all sorts of reasons - but utterly delightful! I read the first 3 and decided this was pre-teen lit (my twelve year old neighbour would love the fir... view book

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