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Culture April 25, 2020

Providence

In this science-fiction thriller, Max Barry explores interplanetary travel, human–extraterrestrial close encounters and the relentless spin of warfare. Manned by a four-person crew, Providence Five is the latest warship that’s going into deepest, …

Culture March 21, 2020

We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know

The title of this book hits you like a reproach and the provocation is very much deliberate. Investigative reporter Sophie McNeill has more than 15 years’ experience working in oppressive regimes and We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know, her first …

Culture February 15, 2020

Unfinished Business

It’s a slim volume, Unfinished Business, but the depth and breadth of the nine essays within belie appearances: this small book is certainly not insubstantial in its close (re-)examination of literary works. In the hands of Vivian Gornick, …

Culture December 07, 2019

Darkness for Light

Emma Viskic blazed onto the literary crime fiction scene in 2015 with the private investigator Caleb Zelic. The character of Caleb has been deaf since a childhood bout of meningitis from which he never fully recovered. In many ways the author works within …

Culture October 26, 2019

Cilka’s Journey

Cecilia (Cilka) Klein was a pivotal character in Heather Morris’s best-selling debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz. The teenage Cilka was credited by Lale Sokolov – the ink artist of the first book – with saving his life, and Morris …

Culture August 24, 2019

Snake Island

Snake Island’s tone is established in the opening pages when a pelican gasping on the mudf lats is decapitated out of mercy. This uncompromising stance is sustained throughout as Ben Hobson delivers a novel drenched in blood. Darkly lit as …

book June 01, 2019

Sweatshop Women: Volume One

More than 20 women show off their work in this anthology from Sweatshop, a Western Sydney literacy movement that supports culturally and linguistically diverse writers. There is an unabashed political agenda at play in Sweatshop Women, with a …

Culture May 25, 2019

Australia Day

Every year, in the lead-up to January 26, the spill of media becomes overwhelming, with newsprint, sound bites, social media and talkback radio all debating the legitimacy of this contentious date. It is interesting to note that Stan Grant’s book is …