Chris Flynn

Chris Flynn

Chris Flynn is the author of two novels, A Tiger in Eden (2012) and The Glass Kingdom (2014).

Chris Flynn 'See You at the Toxteth: The best of Cliff Hardy and Corris on crime' by Peter Corris, selected by Jean Bedford, and 'The Red Hand: Stories, reflections and the last appearance of Jack Irish' by Peter Temple

January–February 2020, no. 418 16 December 2019
Chris Flynn 'See You at the Toxteth: The best of Cliff Hardy and Corris on crime' by Peter Corris, selected by Jean Bedford, and 'The Red Hand: Stories, reflections and the last appearance of Jack Irish' by Peter Temple
Two of the greatest Australian crime writers died within six months of each other in 2018. Peter Temple authored nine novels, four of which featured roustabout Melbourne private detective Jack Irish, and one of which, Truth, won the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2010. Temple died on 8 March 2018, aged seventy-one. Peter Corris was more prolific, writing a staggering eighty-eight books across hi ... (read more)

Chris Flynn reviews 'Maybe the Horse Will Talk' by Elliot Perlman

December 2019, no. 417 22 November 2019
Chris Flynn reviews 'Maybe the Horse Will Talk' by Elliot Perlman
Elliot Perlman’s fourth novel is tentatively billed as a corporate satire and has a striking opening line: ‘I am absolutely terrified of losing a job I absolutely hate.’ The man in this all-too-familiar predicament is Stephen Maserov, a former English teacher turned lawyer. Maserov is a lowly second year in the Terry Gilliam-esque law firm Freely Savage Carter Blanche, which, apart from soun ... (read more)

Chris Flynn reviews 'Hollow Earth' by John Kinsella

October 2019, no. 415 25 September 2019
Chris Flynn reviews 'Hollow Earth' by John Kinsella
Astronomer Edmond Halley (also known as Edmund, debate still rages over which spelling he preferred) may be best known for the comet that passes through our solar system once every seventy-five to seventy-six years (next sighting due in 2061, set a reminder in your iCal), but in 1692 he proposed an intriguing theory: that the Earth was hollow. Halley suggested that the surface of the planet upon ... (read more)

Chris Flynn reviews 'Being Various: New Irish short stories' edited by Lucy Caldwell

September 2019, no. 414 27 August 2019
Chris Flynn reviews 'Being Various: New Irish short stories' edited by Lucy Caldwell
Playwright and author Lucy Caldwell raises the issue of national identity early in her introduction to this long-running anthology series. She grew up in Belfast but lives in London. Her children sing Bengali nursery rhymes and celebrate Eid. She holds two passports, neither of which adequately captures who she is. ‘I feel apologetic and fraudulent to varying degrees, depending on who I’m wit ... (read more)

Chris Flynn reviews 'Minotaur' by Peter Goldsworthy

August 2019, no. 413 12 July 2019
Chris Flynn reviews 'Minotaur' by Peter Goldsworthy
Halfway through Minotaur, Peter Goldsworthy’s jauntily satisfying novel about a sharp-tongued former motorcycle cop blinded by a bullet to the head, Detective Sergeant Rick Zadow gropes his way to a shed behind his Adelaide cottage. Inside lies a partially dismantled 1962 Green Frame Ducati 750SS. Zadow, who had begun disassembling the crankshaft prior to his injury, fumbles round in the dark as ... (read more)

Chris Flynn reviews '55' by James Delargy, 'River of Salt' by Dave Warner, 'Comeback' by Lindsay Tanner, and 'Under the Midnight Sky' by Anna Romer

May 2019, no. 411 21 April 2019
The plethora of crime stories is such that, in order to succeed, they must either follow a well-trodden narrative path and do so extremely well, or run with a high concept and hope for the best. Having the word ‘girl’ in the title doesn’t hurt. Readers are familiar with genre tropes, to the point of being high-functioning literary detectives, ready to sniff out lapses in logic and to scream ... (read more)

Chris Flynn reviews 'Sydney Noir' edited by John Dale

January-February 2019, no. 408 18 December 2018
Chris Flynn reviews 'Sydney Noir' edited by John Dale
In 2004, New York-based publisher Akashic Books released Brooklyn Noir, a collection of short fiction written under a specific brief. Stories had to be set in that neighbourhood and feature noir themes: simmering familial revenge, cheating and double-crossing, sexual betrayal, domestic discord, murderous trysts, down-at-heel detectives. Authors rose to the challenge by focusing on communities like ... (read more)

Chris Flynn reviews 'Property' by Lionel Shriver

May 2018, no. 401 26 April 2018
Chris Flynn reviews 'Property' by Lionel Shriver
The sadly departed Terry Pratchett once said, ‘Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.’ While it is difficult to imagine anyone claiming that the great fantasist had no right to tell the stories of witches, orang-utans, and sentient luggage, authors of literary fiction have lately been held to a different standard. Lionel Shriver has been foremost in the cross-hairs, a fact she ... (read more)

What Remains of Edith Finch and Little Nightmares

ABR Arts 22 May 2017
What Remains of Edith Finch and Little Nightmares
The rise in popularity of so-called ‘walking simulators’ in recent years propagated an existential crisis in the gaming world. In video games like Dear Esther (2012), Firewatch (2016), and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (2016), the absence of an overriding purpose troubled gamers used to goal-oriented fetch quests and destructive tasks. In this new genre, nothing much happens. The player wa ... (read more)

Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment) and The Walking Dead: A new frontier (Telltale Games)

ABR Arts 31 March 2017
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment) and The Walking Dead: A new frontier (Telltale Games)
The worlds of literature and video games appear at first glance to be distinctly at odds. Book lovers may feel that playing video games is puerile, a waste of time that could be better spent improving oneself by reading. Some gamers regard books as old hat, a stuffy waste of time that could be better spent enjoying oneself conquering digital guardians. But these worlds are merging more with each p ... (read more)
Page 1 of 2