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Books May 26, 2018


Calypso, a collection of 21 essays and sketches by David Sedaris holds no surprises – not a bad thing, necessarily. As a professional kvetch and cartographer of foibles global and intimate for more than two decades, Sedaris has refined his …

Books April 07, 2018

The Neighbourhood

Mario Vargas Llosa is a great writer. Part of the experimental Latin American vanguard of the ’60s and ’70s, and awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 2010, his influence has echoed through the decades. However, it’s possible for a great writer …

Books November 11, 2017

Heather, the Totality

Matthew Weiner was a key figure in the rise of “premium cable” television. As a writer and executive producer on The Sopranos, and the creator and showrunner of Mad Men, Weiner helped usher in the age of high-prestige novelistic …

Books September 30, 2017

The Necessary Angel

A publisher once told me, in a particularly fatalistic mood, that fiction is writing about human nature and literary fiction is writing about white people slowly getting divorced. The Necessary Angel is a work of literary fiction. Set circa …

Books September 01, 2017

My Absolute Darling

Fourteen-year-old Julie “Turtle” Alveston lives with her father, Martin, in rural California, where he trains her in shooting and hunting, and to be distrustful of anyone outside the family. He fears for her future in a lawless, cataclysmic world …

Books August 12, 2017

The Town

The Town is Shaun Prescott’s full-length fiction debut and the sophomore novel from The Lifted Brow – the avant-garde Australian literary mag that, since moving into trade publishing last year, has championed writers whose ideas …

Books July 29, 2017

The Student

It’s 1994 and Nate Byrne is a business student in the small university town of Gatton, Queensland. He sells weed on the side, but his friend/dealer Jesse has disappeared, precipitating a drug-drought. When a couple of violent bikies turn up looking …

Books May 20, 2017

The 7th Function of Language

In Paris, 1980, Roland Barthes – the famous literary critic, linguist and semiologist – was fatally injured when knocked down by a delivery van just after he’d had lunch with then presidential candidate François Mitterrand. This incident, historically …

Books May 06, 2017

The Lost Pages

Vogel award winner Marija Peričić’s titular lost pages are a fictionalised memoir by Max Brod – a successful author in his day, but best remembered as Franz Kafka’s friend, mentor and champion. It was Brod who refused Kafka’s dying wish that …