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books August 6, 2022

Train Lord

“The way of the train is also the way of the boarding school, the convent, the prison and the psychiatric hospital,” Jenny Diski wrote in her 2002 travel memoir Stranger on a Train , in which she interweaves the story of a trip around the United...

books August 6, 2022

Legitimate Sexpectations: The Power of Sex-ed

Almost one in five Australian women – and one in 20 Australian men – will experience sexual violence after the age of 15. These bleak statistics open Katrina Marson’s Legitimate Sexpectations , a measured yet impassioned call for comprehensive...

books August 6, 2022

Mothercare: On Obligation, Love, Death, and Ambivalence

Early in Mothercare , a hospital room offers a good analogy for the incompetence of the American healthcare system. Lynne Tillman’s mother has had a seizure and is rushed to hospital in an ambulance. Once she gets there, she’s barely lucid,...

books July 30, 2022

Lessons from History

In 1984, the historian Geoffrey Blainey sparked a nationwide debate by denouncing the government for its supposed preference towards Asian migrants. The subsequent normalisation of the far right means Blainey’s comments no longer shock as they once...

books July 30, 2022

Words are Eagles: Selected Writings on the Nature and Language of Place

Award-winning novelist and essayist Gregory Day has written widely on subjects as varied as the powerful owl and Australian poetry. Many of his nonfiction essays have appeared in notable literary publications over the years, each demonstrating Day’s...

books July 30, 2022

A System So Magnificent It Is Blinding

The peculiar thing about grief is that the world continues. Or, as Amanda Svensson writes, “Nothing ever ends, but everything ends.” Svensson’s newest novel, A System So Magnificent It Is Blinding , considers how different textures of loss are...

books July 23, 2022

Harvest Lingo

In his 14th collection, Harvest Lingo , Murri poet Lionel Fogarty continues his decades-long commitment to disrupting colonial language, colonial thought and their machineries of oppression. Fogarty creates poems in which language is liberated,...

books July 23, 2022

Serendipity

The origins of particular foods, drinks and specific dishes are a fascination for many. Everyday items such as cornflakes and Nutella have origin stories. Many of these origins come from failures, mistakes or simple serendipitous events. Oscar...

books July 23, 2022

Out of Breath

Where does Jo belong? Not back in England. Not in art school. Not even in Sydney, as the life she has just started to build is slipping away. So, with no clear path ahead, wanting adventure, wanting a clean slate – and needing to fulfil her visa...

books July 16, 2022

Lilly and Her Slave

The history of postwar German literature was written by the defeated. Poet Paul Celan, for example, wrote in German despite it being the language of those who sent his parents to the gas chambers, seeking to cleanse even words of their bloodstains...

books July 16, 2022

Uncanny Angles

Genre fiction has long been snubbed as inferior to serious literary fiction in Australia. This seems to be shifting, at least incrementally. Romance fiction – which sells like hot cakes – now makes the occasional appearance on writers festival...