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Books December 17, 2016

Pond

[TOC:ul In this story] If you like clear classifications, Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett is not your kind of book. Is it a novel? A loosely linked collection of stories, with poetical fragments? Or something else entirely? Of course it doesn’t …

Books November 26, 2016

Extinctions

[TOC:ul In this story] The protagonist of Josephine Wilson’s award-winning novel Extinctions is Professor Frederick Lothian, a retired widowed academic and international expert on concrete and bridges. As a consulting engineer, he travelled …

Books November 05, 2016

The Dark Flood Rises

[TOC:ul In this story] Back in 2009, Margaret Drabble announced her retirement from fiction writing because, as quoted in The Guardian, “the line between writing and remembering and thinking is  more blurred for me than it used to be”. …

Books October 01, 2016

The Good People

[TOC:ul In this story] The second novel, according to Stephen Fry, is “an act of professional writing. That is why it is so much more difficult.” Difficult second novel syndrome becomes even more acute when the debut work is an award-winning, internationally …

Books September 24, 2016

Commonwealth

[TOC:ul In this story] If public holidays were declared on the release of a new Ann Patchett novel, I’d have been sacked less often. Her latest, Commonwealth, hasn’t helped my productivity any. It’s another masterpiece that might well …

Books August 27, 2016

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

[TOC:ul In this story] Is there anything Melina Marchetta can’t do? The acclaimed writer of young adult novels tries her hand at crime fiction in her latest, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil. Marchetta’s protagonist, Chief Inspector Bish …

Books August 13, 2016

The Summer That Melted Everything

[TOC:ul In this story] It can’t be easy for a debut novelist to swim against the tide of Ferrante-esque realism. Minimalist prose is in fashion, as are elegant, pared sentences workshopped in MFA programs with great care. Tiffany McDaniel’s debut, …

Books June 25, 2016

Wood Green

[TOC:ul In this story] In her 2011 review of David Foster Wallace’s posthumous, unfinished The Pale King – a novel about the tedium of American life, set in a tax office – Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times sums up the dangers …

Books May 28, 2016

The Healing Party

[TOC:ul In this story] The plot of Micheline Lee’s debut novel, The Healing Party, is straightforward and summed up by the title. Natasha Chan is 25 and living in Darwin, away from her parents and three sisters, when her mother is diagnosed …