Accessibility Tools

  • Content scaling 100%
  • Font size 100%
  • Line height 100%
  • Letter spacing 100%

Jonathon Otis

Jonathon Otis, a Melbourne-based writer, is the winner of the 2008 ABR Reviewing Competition.

Jonathon Otis reviews ‘Nothing to Be Frightened Of’ by Julian Barnes

November 2008, no. 306 01 November 2008
‘Let’s get this death thing straight’, declares Julian Barnes in his recently published memoir-cum-meditation Nothing to Be Frightened Of. He sets out to confront mortality, the titular ‘nothing’, but manages only to peer at it through parted fingers. He takes short peeks, which calls to mind the title of his death-haunted novel Staring at the Sun (1986). Barnes’s death awareness, dis ... (read more)