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Being Shot

Being Shot: A Place Between Worlds

Gail’s 2003 book, SHOT, was released in a new edition in August 2018.

Everything is new except the text itself: new cover, new title Being Shot, new publisher Brio Books, plus an Author’s Note from Gail:

For a few months in 1968 I was that girl in the newspapers who was ‘scared to walk the streets alone’.

Gail Bell’s journey through the science of poisons, and how they kill with Richard Fidler

with Richard Fidler, Brisbane ABC studio

Gail grew up thinking her grandfather, Dr William Macbeth, had poisoned two of his young sons.

Listen to a podcast of Gail Bell in conversation with Richard Fidler first broadcast on 4 May 2017 on ABC radio 702.

The conversation is based on Gail’s book The Poison Principle: A memoir about family secrets and literary poisonings available now in a new release with introduction by Helen Garner.


Helen Garner’s introduction to the new edition

Poison and its companions:

Helen Garner celebrates an author who combines lethal clinical science with poetic human storytelling.”

The Weekend Australian Review Book Pages, March 18-19, 2017

Read the article at The Weekend Australian

New Edition of The Poison Principle

The Poison Principle

A new edition of  The Poison Principle, from Xoum Publishing, with an introduction by Helen Garner was published in March 2017.

Garner writes “…what an engaging, witty, authoritative voice she has—what a light touch! She strides across the history of poisons, their uses and meanings. She is always elegant, gliding and bounding and landing in astonishing places.”

Winner of the 2002 NSW Premier’s Literary Award
“Intricate, elegant, and beautifully realised, The Poison Principle is a masterful book about family secrets and literary poisonings.”

Constance on The Edge

Constance on the Edge

Gail Bell has a screen credit for narration and subtitle-editing on a new Australian documentary Constance on The Edge which premiered to a full house at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival.

Filmed over 10 years, Constance on the Edge is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of one refugee family’s resettlement story in Australia.

Constance is directed by Belinda Mason and produced by Marguerite Grey. More at