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Books March 04, 2017

An Uncertain Grace

[TOC:ul In this story]Krissy Kneen is known for her frank and feminist depictions of sex. Her latest novel again explores the erotic, playfully, controversially, but ultimately didactically. The novel is made up of different parts, introducing us to …

Books February 25, 2017

The Landing

[TOC:ul In this story] Paul Croucher is the owner of Red Wheelbarrow Books in Melbourne’s Brunswick. The store’s name – recalling William Carlos Williams’ famous poem – suggests much about the provenance of his poetry. Croucher’s The …

Books February 11, 2017

Storm and Grace

[TOC:ul In this story] Kathryn Heyman’s Storm and Grace is essentially a novel about domestic violence, though you will find only veiled references to this subject in the recommendations on the book’s cover, which emphasise – somewhat …

Books February 04, 2017

Down the Hume

[TOC:ul In this story] Marketed as a hybrid of Christos Tsiolkas’s Loaded and Luke Davies’ Candy, Peter Polites’ Down the Hume is the story of a gay Greek man known as Bux, who finds himself in a masochistic relationship …

Books December 17, 2016

A Collapse of Horses

[TOC:ul In this story] The stories in the American author Brian Evenson’s A Collapse of Horses are presented as “literary horror”. The New York Times has compared Evenson’s writing to that of Kafka and Poe, while also acknowledging …

Books November 26, 2016

The Transmigration of Bodies and Signs Preceding the End of the World

[TOC:ul In this story] Mexico’s Yuri Herrera is a rare thing: a writer to get truly excited about. This book, comprising two novellas, gives us Herrera’s work in translation for the first time. It is writing that is simultaneously concise and epic, …

Books November 12, 2016

Children of the New World

[TOC:ul In this story] Children of the New World is a stellar book of short stories by the American writer Alexander Weinstein, that shows how science fiction is arguably the essential genre for our age. The stories here present various futures, …

Books October 08, 2016

The Better Son

[TOC:ul In this story] Katherine Johnson’s second novel, The Better Son, is an example of a subgenre of Australian literature often called the Tasmanian Gothic. This type of story typically features an oppressive father and a buried secret, …

Books September 03, 2016

Rupture

[TOC:ul In this story] Susan Varga, a writer of fiction and nonfiction, turns her hand to poetry in this collection documenting her recovery from a stroke. Rupture is divided into six sections. The first, “Masterstroke”, is undoubtedly the …