Reviewer: Andrew Fuhrmann

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book July 27, 2019


Lisa Gorton’s Empirical is a remarkable achievement. With its mesmerising diorama-like clarity and its air of meditative stillness, it’s both uncompromising in its intelligence and superbly readable despite its fragmented style. The book’s …

Culture June 15, 2019

Intimate Antipathies

Luke Carman, you ask? I imagine him up there on his mountain at the end of the line where it’s always the proverbial dark and stormy night, languishing in a monkish cell, tap, tap, tapping away at a block of old acrimony as he dreams up his revenges. Intimate …

Culture April 20, 2019

The Island of Sea Women

The bloody Cold War history of South Korea’s picturesque Jeju Island is not well known, even among mainland Koreans. And yet it’s estimated that more than 25,000 civilians were killed as part of a government-led anti-communist campaign between 1947 …

Culture April 06, 2019

Invented Lives

The London-based literary agent Ed Victor once said to the writer Susan Johnson that he’d never come across a people more insecure about their relationship with their homeland than Australians – except, of course, the Russians. So perhaps it makes …

Books February 02, 2019


You enter the hedge maze planted with lilly pilly shrubs. Dead end follows dead end as each twist and turn yields more of the same. You begin to get weary. And then there’s something remarkable. Right at the end of the labyrinth, waiting like an oracle …