There are some writers whose style is so distinctive they can be identified from a single paragraph. Sydney writer Debra Adelaide is more of a chameleon. Letter to George Clooney is Adelaide’s first short story collection. She has previously written three novels and edited several anthologies. Her first novel, The Hotel Albatross (1995), is the meandering tale of a couple trying to run a country hotel. The second, Serpent Dust (1998), reimagines (with a hint of magic realism) the arrival of smallpox in colonial Australia, while the third, the brilliant The Household Guide to Dying (2008), is a moving and darkly funny narrative of a woman with terminal cancer and her unusually pragmatic approach to dying.
Amy Baillieu reviews 'Letter to George Clooney' by Debra Adelaide
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Amy Baillieu is Deputy Editor of ABR. She holds a Masters of Publishing and Communications from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts from the same university with majors in English Literature and French. She also attended the Sorbonne in Paris, where she completed a Cours de Langue et Civilisation Français in 2007.
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