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Books October 13, 2018

Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead

Many high-profile authors, from J. M. Coetzee to Yann Martel, have turned their attention to human–animal relations. This is often framed in terms of the “ecological turn”, apparent perhaps most obviously in cli-fi, or climate-change fiction. …

Books September 15, 2018


Marcelo Cohen’s novella Melodrome is the third book in Giramondo’s Southern Latitudes series of work from writers in the southern hemisphere. It is also the second from an Argentinian, demonstrating how Latin America has continued to shine …

Books September 08, 2018

Catching Teller Crow

Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina are a sister-and-brother team of Aboriginal writers who come from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Catching Teller Crow isn’t their first collaborative effort, but it …

Books July 28, 2018

A Superior Spectre

Angela Meyer’s first novel, A Superior Spectre, is a superior ghost story. It is a tale of two protagonists, a 19th-century Scottish woman and a 21st-century Australian man, who come to haunt each other, thanks to a pseudo-pharmaceutical that …

Books July 07, 2018

Antidote to a Curse

Antidote to a Curse, the first novel of the Maltese–Australian James Cristina, is an ambitious debut. It is excitingly difficult to classify. It is an erotic story and an international mystery. It is a celebration of Melbourne – with references …

Books June 29, 2018

and my heart crumples like a coke can

Poetry and comedy meet in Ali Whitelock’s poetry collection and my heart crumples like a coke can. As in a stand-up routine, these poems offer sharp social observation, frankness played for laughs and nourishing doses of swearing. And as with …

Books June 23, 2018


Roxane Gay is well known as a social commentator and writer of nonfiction. She is the author of Bad Feminist, a book of essays advocating an intersectional feminism, and of the memoir Hunger, which reveals her gang rape at age 12 as …

Books June 02, 2018

Small Wrongs

Kate Rossmanith’s Small Wrongs: How We Really Say Sorry in Love, Life and Law is a hybrid work of ethnography and memoir, focused on remorse. Wide-ranging, the book considers remorse in relation to the Catholic practice of confession, according …

Books May 19, 2018


Flames, a first novel by the Tasmanian Robbie Arnott, begins with a protagonist, Levi McAllister, observing his mother returning from death, her waist trailing a “peacock tail of vegetation” and her head adorned with “cascading fronds of …