The Singing by Stephanie Bishop & The Patron Saint Of Eels by Gregory Day

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August 2005, no. 273
Sarah Kanowski reviews 'The Singing' by Stephanie Bishop and 'The Patron Saint Of Eels' by Gregory Day

The Singing

by Stephanie Bishop

Brandl & Schlesinger, $26.95 pb, 206 pp, 1 876040 54 8

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The Patron Saint Of Eels

by Gregory Day

Picador, $22 pb, 181 pp, 0 330 42158 1

The Singing by Stephanie Bishop & The Patron Saint Of Eels by Gregory Day

Reviewed by
August 2005, no. 273

The Singing is the inaugural publication in the Varuna Firsts series, a collaboration between the Varuna Writers’ House and Brandl & Schlesinger. Both should be applauded for bringing a distinctive new voice into Australian writing; not to mention the honour due to the prodigious talent of Stephanie Bishop herself. Bishop has written a haunting novel with a seemingly simple story: love gone awry. A woman runs into an ex-lover on the street (neither protagonist is named), and this meeting throws her back into the story of their past. The two narratives – her solitary life now and the tale, mainly, of the relationship’s end – run in parallel. The novel’s energy, however, is ruminative rather than linear, circling around the nature of their love, pressing at the bruises left by its collapse.


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Sarah Kanowski reviews 'The Singing' by Stephanie Bishop and 'The Patron Saint Of Eels' by Gregory Day

The Singing

by Stephanie Bishop

Brandl & Schlesinger, $26.95 pb, 206 pp, 1 876040 54 8

Book Cover 2 Small

The Patron Saint Of Eels

by Gregory Day

Picador, $22 pb, 181 pp, 0 330 42158 1

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