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books September 15, 2018

Blue Lake

They’re a weird mob, psychogeographers. Always drifting through boondocks and “liminal spaces”, interrogating their forsakenness. Iain Sinclair in rust-industrial London, Martin Amis bound for the airport on foot. It’s not as dull as it might sound...

books September 15, 2018

Coach Fitz

Tom is a young man in need of a spiritual guide and a personal trainer, someone to rehabilitate his damaged self-image and bring down his half-marathon time. Enter Coach Fitz. This guru in a yellow legionnaire’s cap is an exceptional long-distance...

books September 15, 2018

Melodrome

Marcelo Cohen’s novella Melodrome is the third book in Giramondo’s Southern Latitudes series of work from writers in the southern hemisphere. It is also the second from an Argentinian, demonstrating how Latin America has continued to shine in world...

books September 8, 2018

Catching Teller Crow

Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina are a sister-and-brother team of Aboriginal writers who come from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Catching Teller Crow isn’t their first collaborative effort, but it is their...

books September 8, 2018

Small Fry

This memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs, who grew up sometimes welcomed by her father, Steve Jobs, but just as often shunned, has been hotly anticipated on two fronts. First, it’s a reasonably painful look inside a famous family, with an air of secrets and...

books September 8, 2018

The Billionaire Raj

At 1.30am on a December night almost five years ago in Mumbai’s most expensive residential area, a speeding Aston Martin rammed into another car driven by a young woman. She told police the other driver, a young man, had quickly jumped into an...

books September 1, 2018

Normal People

As high school concludes, Connell is faced with a forked path: follow his friends to Galway, the predictable route chosen by working-class boys in West Ireland, or pursue his adolescent tryst with Marianne to Dublin to study literature at Trinity...

books September 1, 2018

The Hunter and other stories of men

David Cohen’s imagination, as evidenced by his short-story collection, The Hunter and other stories of men , is a truly remarkable thing. The titular story is narrated by a property developer whose construction site is plagued by an influx of ibis...

books September 1, 2018

Dark Water

One fascinating aspect of our literary moment is the way contemporary novels seek to recycle the energies of the form during its 19th- and early 20th-century heyday. Take Jonathan Franzen’s Purity , published in 2015, which borrows from Dickens,...

books August 25, 2018

Man Out of Time

One of Stephanie Bishop’s major preoccupations in her previous novel, 2015’s award-winning The Other Side of the World , is parenthood: the vulnerability it causes and the shifts it brings to identity and one’s deepest longings. One of the two...

books August 25, 2018

The Biographer’s Lover

Ruby J. Murray is the grandniece of Arthur Boyd and she has written an attractive, slender novel about an obscure but very great painter and the young biographer who creates the artist’s posthumous reputation. This is a book where lurid family...