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‘Ice-pick-sharp, packed with intrigue, action and spine-chilling suspense. Devour will keep you gripped from the very first page’ Kathryn Fox

Larkin's Latest

Welcome to my blog, Larkin’s Latest. News on thriller authors and great books to read, the writing process and festivals, incredible people I interview and exciting story locations, courses I run, and things that make me laugh!

Authors alive! Local authors read their work

September 5, 2012

Garry from the Balmain Institute has invited me to join him and three other authors, including historic romance author Elisabeth Storrs, to read from their latest books, which will be great fun. Also a great chance to meet these authors and ask those burning questions. Hope you will join us at Balmain Town Hall, Darling Street (nr. Post Office) on 19th Sept at 6:30pm.

Elisabeth Storrs  Author of The Wedding Shroud – Historical novel set in Ancient Rome

L.A. Larkin  Author of Thirst, Antarctica global warming thriller, just released

Garry McDougall  Author of Great North Walk, Belonging, historical novel

Stuart Campbell(small country town meets Muslim Education Centre – very funny)

Bookings: RSVP or call 02 98103695

This event is sponsored by The Balmain Institute.

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Leichhardt Library with LA Larkin, on thrillers and Antarctica

August 29, 2012

If you live in the Inner West of Sydney then come along for some wine and nibbles at this free event on Tue 18th Sept at 6:30pm at Leichhardt Library, Italian Forum, 23 Norton St, Leichhardt. Last night I did a similar event at a sister library in Balmain and it was over subscribed (which is wonderful!), so please call 02 9367 9266 to book. I will be illustrating my talk with photos from my Antarctic adventures and I will describe how I tapped into my real life experiences to create THIRST, my action-packed thriller set in Antarctica.

This event is supported by Shearers bookshop

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Win a story about your dad as hero, written by me for Fathers Day!

August 27, 2012

My publisher, Pier 9, has set up this brilliant competition on Facebook which means you could win a story, written by me, of your dad as a thriller hero! What a fantastic gift for Fathers Day, which is rapidly approaching. So hurry because the competition ends 9:00am Saturday morning – we announce the winner Sunday morning on Father’s Day (2nd of September):

Everyone thinks of their dad as a hero, so what better way to express your appreciation of his heroic efforts through the years than immortalising him in an action-packed story written by a thriller author?

All you have to do is say in 100 characters why you think your dad is a hero and you could win:


– A signed copy of my latest book THIRST

– A Skype call with me to interview you and your dad

– A 500 word stand-alone story written by me featuring your dad!

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Ice Man and the King of Krill

August 19, 2012

Antarctic Diary Extract 6

We are still crossing the notoriously rough Drake Passage on our way to Antarctica. All day, 10 metre swells and 60 knot winds toss the ship about: it’s like being inside a washing machine. It is impossible to read or focus on my laptop, so I do the only thing I am capable of: I listen. I head to the lecture/movie theatre in the bowels of the ship. This is a good place to be in rough seas as there is less movement down low. My brain is a sponge, soaking up gems of information from the onboard experts, even if my writhing stomach occasionally distracts me.

Jamie, the King of Krill as I call him, talks about one of his great passions, and yes, you guessed it – krill. Krill has been described as “the engine that powers the Antarctic ecosystem” because these tiny prawn-like creatures have a central position within the Southern Ocean food web. Not only do penguins, Crabeater seals and certain fish need them to survive, but so do the giants of the seas, such as the humpback and baleen whales. I discover that a humpback needs to eat a tonne of kill per day. This is like eating the weight of a small car. Krill numbers are believed to have dropped by as much as 80% since the 1970s and this has been linked to the decline of sea ice around the Antarctic Peninsula, because they feed on the algae found under the sea-ice. Quotas have been set up by the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, as over-fishing of krill would put even more pressure on declining krill numbers.
Luke Saffigna talks ice and glaciers. I christen him Ice Man and little realize at the time that this man’s passion for Antarctica will be mirrored by Thirst’s central character, Luke Searle. This is what the real Luke had to say:
• Antarctica is 98% ice
• It has two massive ice sheets covering it: West and East Antarctic Ice sheets.
• In some places the ice is almost 5 km deep and the land is buried beneath it.
• In those ice sheets, 70% of the world’s fresh water is frozen. Okay, let’s think this through. All those life-giving rivers, lakes and aquifers around the world only account for 30% of our fresh water supply. All the rest is locked in ice here.
• The sea freezes at around -1.8 °C.
• The Antarctic Peninsula is warming at a rate 2 to 3 times faster than the global average. The average annual temperature of this region has increased by 2.5°C in the last 50 years, which is a hell of a lot!
Luke cites the sudden collapse of the Larsen B ice shelf in March 2002 – within a month an area twice the size of Greater London, or the equivalent of the U.S. state of Rhode Island, disintegrated.
Fascinated, I have completely forgotten my seasickness, until the lecture is over and I climb up the next level and smell dinner cooking. My stomach heaves.
Interesting info: If the entire Antarctic ice sheet melted it could raise sea levels by almost 60 metres. Source:
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