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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 …

Books August 29, 2015

Undermajordomo Minor

[TOC:ul In this story] In the hamlet of Bury, some time long ago, there lives a young man named Lucy Minor who is in need of an attitude adjustment. If he doesn’t know that, then at least, to his credit, he knows he’s in need of employment. So he …

Books August 08, 2015

An Astronaut’s Life

[TOC:ul In this story] “They were eating dinner when the call came. It was the landline phone, which rarely rang, so they exchanged a look as the architect stood up to take it.” This is a typical opening in An Astronaut’s Life, the debut …

Books June 06, 2015

The Water Knife

[TOC:ul In this story] What will the West look like when it runs out of water? We’re probably on a good track to find out; for now, there’s The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi, whose earlier work of grimy and speculative fiction, The …