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Annie Condon

Annie Condon is a Melbourne-based writer. 

Annie Condon reviews ‘The Madonnas of Leningrad’ by Debra Dean

August 2006, no. 283 01 August 2006
Debra Dean’s novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad, is an exploration of memory and demonstrates how that most mysterious of faculties can both save and fail us. Utilising parallel narratives, Dean tells the story of Marina, a guide at Leningrad’s Hermitage Museum in 1941. As the German army advances, Marina and her colleagues labour to remove and conceal precious works of art. Later, the employees ... (read more)

Annie Condon reviews 'Allnighter' edited by Cardigan Press

December 2006–January 2007, no. 287 01 December 2006
Cardigan Press’s third offering, Allnighter, promises to keep its reader’s attention all night long, with ‘fiction that burns at both ends’. With forty-four short pieces in this beautifully designed book, the challenge is not to devour the book all at once, but to give each story the time and consideration it deserves. One of the joys of this anthology is that the stories are of varying l ... (read more)

Annie Condon reviews 'Thanks For The Mammaries' edited by Sarah Darmody

June 2009, no. 312 01 June 2009
While many journals and anthologies are moving away from themed editions, the theme of this anthology is urgent and worthy. The royalties from Thanks for the Mammaries will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). Editor and NBCF ambassador Sarah Darmody writes eloquently in both the introduction and her autobiographical piece, ‘Frankenboob’, about her decision to have a prophylacti ... (read more)