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Books August 18, 2018

No Country Woman

“Family and selflessness are at the heart of the culture that I was raised within,” writes Zoya Patel, whose debut memoir charts the “mishmash” of her Fijian–Indian–Australian heritage. “Self-determination is a conceit, and the wellbeing …

Books July 21, 2018

We See the Stars

Kids at school say Simon is “weird”. His brother Davey questions why he never speaks. Grandma secretly takes him to various doctors, while Mum won’t get out of bed. Cassie, his first friend in years, affectionately calls him “numpty”. In Simon’s …

Books June 30, 2018

When Elephants Fight

Introducing They Cannot Take the Sky, a collection of testimonies from people in detention on Manus and Nauru, Christos Tsiolkas wrote of the intellectual abstraction necessary to make refugees’ futures fodder for public debate: “We forget …

Books May 26, 2018

Motherhood

Even in the tsunami of fourth-wave feminism, we’re still asking whether women can “have it all”. Career remains family’s nemesis, the balancing act laden with moral judgement no matter where the scales fall. To procreate or not to procreate is …

Books May 05, 2018

Staying

When my mind returns to Jessie Cole’s grief memoir Staying, her third book after the novels Darkness on the Edge of Town and Deeper Water, my thoughts flood with a lush green. It returns often, to the secluded Eden in northern …

Books April 27, 2018

Patient X

When David Peace moved to Japan in 1994, the first book he read was Ryūnosuke Akutagawa’s Rashōmon and Other Stories. So began the writerly romance between one of the 2003 Granta-crowned Best of Young British Novelists and the father of the …

Books March 24, 2018

Afterglow

In Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk, the writer starts training a falcon after her father’s death. The bird is both solace and wild embodiment of grief, renowned for being “murderous, difficult to tame, sulky, fractious and foreign”. This …