The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld

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March 2020, no. 419
Amy Baillieu reviews 'The Bass Rock' by Evie Wyld

The Bass Rock

by Evie Wyld

Vintage, $32.99 pb, 359 pp

The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld

Reviewed by
March 2020, no. 419

In a 2013 interview with British literary magazine Structo, Anglo-Australian author Evie Wyld recalls lamenting to a writing tutor that she wanted to write a big action thriller, ‘something with Arnold Schwarzenegger and machine guns and blood and explosions’ but was always writing ‘really quiet little paragraphs about Dads’. These paragraphs evolved into her haunting début novel, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice (2009). Wyld’s Miles Franklin Award-winning second novel, All the Birds, Singing (2013), was followed by a graphic memoir produced in collaboration with Joe Sumner, Everything Is Teeth (2015), detailing childhood summers spent on Wyld’s grandparents’ sugar cane farm and her shark fixation. The Bass Rock, her new novel, may not be a big action thriller either, but it is far from quiet and there is plenty of blood.

Amy Baillieu reviews 'The Bass Rock' by Evie Wyld

The Bass Rock

by Evie Wyld

Vintage, $32.99 pb, 359 pp

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