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Sophie Frazer

Sophie Frazer

Sophie Frazer has a PhD in English from the University of Sydney, where she teaches Victorian literature.

Sophie Frazer reviews 'The Hunter and Other Stories of Men' by David Cohen

October 2018, no. 405 30 August 2018
In David Cohen’s collection of wry and quirky stories, he follows the lives of various men in their rituals of ordinariness – their failures, foibles, and fetishes – with a razor-like eye observing the disenchantments of modernity. The titular story, ‘The Hunter’, opens onto a wasteland of urban gothic, where economic imperatives rub up against the environment. The grubbiness of capital ... (read more)

Sophie Frazer reviews 'The Art of Persuasion' by Susan Midalia

September 2018, no. 404 23 August 2018
'Longing,’ thinks Hazel West, the twenty-five-year-old protagonist of Susan Midalia’s first novel, ‘I could begin a story with longing.’ This is a book about various kinds of longing: the desire for intimacy, for human understanding, for self-possession and self-forgetting. Most of all, though, this is a book about language, about linguistic ‘shades of meaning’. Hazel is preoccupied wi ... (read more)