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Books March 05, 2016

See You at Breakfast?

[TOC:ul In this story] What is the value of a human life? This is the question at the heart of this brief, moving novel by Guillermo Fadanelli, who has published 24 Spanish-language books but is largely unknown outside Mexico. It’s rare for a local …

Books February 27, 2016

Kings Rising

[TOC:ul In this story] Let us begin by briefly praising the speed of C. S. Pacat, whose first book in the Captive Prince Trilogy was published in April last year – and now it’s just 10 months later and the final book is here, a show-stopping conclusion …

Books February 20, 2016

How to Set a Fire and Why

[TOC:ul In this story] “You might think that I am some sort of hard case,” writes Lucia, our teenaged guide through the world of this novel, not long after we meet her. Our assumption would be reasonable: she has just been expelled after a violent …

Books November 14, 2015

City on Fire

[TOC:ul In this story] For a book so stuffed with narratives, it almost seems unfair that the reader of City on Fire has to make room for one more. In 2013, it was widely reported that Knopf, in the United States, had paid $2 million to publish …

Books October 31, 2015

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

[TOC:ul In this story] Most authors of memoirs have one of three qualities: they’re already famous, they’ve done something interesting, or they’re talented writers. Triple threats are rare. Patti Smith is one; another is Carrie Brownstein, whose …

Books October 17, 2015

Freeman’s, Issue 1

[TOC:ul In this story] When considering the first volume of a new literary journal, it’s always reasonable to wonder if we really need another. The readership for the literary journal has always been small, though Text – a local house that already …

Books October 03, 2015

Tram 83

[TOC:ul In this story] Where some cities have an Eiffel Tower or an Opera House, the unnamed African city-state in Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut novel has a notorious nightclub. “See Tram 83 and die,” tourists advise each other. Cheerily or darkly? …

Books September 19, 2015

Small Acts of Disappearance

[TOC:ul In this story] If you are wary of “sick lit”, you will like Fiona Wright, a Sydney-based poet whose first book of essays offers anything but the usual anorexia narrative – the type, she writes, that “can’t seem to hold together the …

Books September 12, 2015

The Salty River

[TOC:ul In this story] While some of us cope with personal pain by going for a brisk jog, contemporary publishing suggests we have the wrong idea. The endurance memoir, popularised by authors such as Cheryl Strayed, suggests that for the best chance …