Tim Richards: Thought Crimes

Carmel Bird

Carmel Bird

Carmel Bird is the author of Writing the Story of Your Life(2007). Her recent novel is Child of

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Whispering death

Carmel Bird

 

Thought Crimes
by Tim Richards
Black Inc., $27.95 pb, 240 pp, 9781863955386

 

A book’s epigraph doesn’t often feel like a direct personal statement to the reader, but the one in Thought Crimes, drawn from Ionesco, is just that: ‘You got stuck in the mud of life. You felt warm and cosy. (Sharply) Now you’re going to freeze.’ Imagine the world as a jigsaw from which the author has removed some pieces, substituting them with his own pieces – but which ones are they?

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Published in September 2011 no. 334

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