Warra Warra: A ghost story by John Scott

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May 2003, no. 251

Warra Warra: A ghost story by John Scott

Text Publishing, $23 pb, 222 pp

Warra Warra: A ghost story by John Scott

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May 2003, no. 251

‘ … the dead stay everlastingly present among us, taking the form of palpable vacancies that only disappear when, as we must, we take them into ourselves.’

Harry Mathews, Cigarettes

John Scott began his publishing life as a poet of considerable distinction (albeit as John A. Scott, as the second edition of The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature will not let him forget) and then changed brumbies in midstream to publish pure prose. Between 1975 and 1990 Scott delivered eight volumes of poetry; since then (there is a slight overlap), he has released five ‘novels’ (pardon nomenclatural nerves), if we include the present Warra Warra.

Don Anderson reviews 'Warra Warra: A ghost story' by John Scott

Warra Warra: A ghost story

by John Scott

Text Publishing, $23 pb, 222 pp

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