Reviewer: Louise Swinn

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Culture April 11, 2020

The Dictionary of Lost Words

At one point early on in this excellent debut novel, The Dictionary of Lost Words, set in Oxford 120 years ago, it appears as though Esme may have to choose between getting married and becoming an editor, a choice that doesn’t seem as outdated …

Culture February 29, 2020

Melting Moments

Ruby grows up in the time of the passive tense – when appearance is everything, when she would do well to heed her elders, and when it is acceptable to assume that men only want one thing from a girl. But her daughter, Eva, coming of age with Whitlam …

Culture February 15, 2020

Flight Lines

A growing number of writers grappling with the accelerated rate at which our habitat is changing are also demonstrating our connectedness to the natural world. This summer, those of us not directly in the line of fire have adapted to the haze and floods, …

Culture November 30, 2019

The Shelf Life of Zora Cross

Zora Cross was a poet and journalist writing a hundred years ago. The obviousness of the assertion that if she had been a man we would be considerably more familiar with her oeuvre doesn’t make the reality of it any less enraging. Her 1917 poetry collection, …

Culture October 26, 2019

Bruny

Something is rotten in the state of Tasmania. When the Bruny bridge is bombed while under construction, United Nations conflict resolution expert Astrid Coleman’s twin brother, JC – who also happens to be the Tasmanian premier – asks her home from …

Culture September 28, 2019

Pills, Powder, and Smoke

While our government, under the guise of “compassionate conservatism”, announces plans to drug-test welfare recipients, journalist Antony Loewenstein brings us Pills, Powder, and Smoke, the result of more than four years’ investigation …

Culture August 03, 2019

Hearing Maud

We live in an age where memoirs arrive thick and fast, and a book deal comes easiest to those in the public eye. When there’s little money in skewering yourself for general consumption unless fame has first taken its toll, it’s unlikely a memoirist …

Culture July 06, 2019

Yellow City

While awaiting the publication of Ellena Savage’s debut essay collection, Blueberries, we have this blessing of a chapbook, Yellow City. A former editor of Farrago and The Lifted Brow, Savage has published widely …

Culture May 11, 2019

Greek to Me

A televised spelling bee will divide the room, especially if there is an expectation to participate: some will slide deep into their seats as others perkily top up glasses. Mary Norris is strictly for the word nerds. Her attraction to Greek is altogether …