Non Fiction

Peter Rose on Erik Jensen

Peter Rose
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Peter Rose reviews Erik Jensen’s unusual memoir of his relationship with the troubled artist Adam Cullen.

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Peter Mares reviews two titles on asylum seekers

Peter Mares
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Peter Mares reviews two memoirs which offer new perspectives on the problems faced by asylum seekers.

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Letter from Ukraine

Scott McCulloch
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

ABR contributor Scott McCulloch writes about his recent encounters, experiences, and realisations while travelling in Ukraine.

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Cassandra Atherton interviews Ben Ball

Cassandra Atherton
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Ben Ball was born in Melbourne in 1970. He grew up in London, New York, and Sydney, and went to school in all of these places. He completed an Arts/Law degree, in Australia, ‘more or less entirely to create the pleasing symmetry B. Ball, BA, LLB’. In the United Kingdom he undertook an M.Phil in C ...

Mary Cunnane on pitching and cupcakes

Mary Cunnane
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

One afternoon some three decades or more ago in a stuffy conference room at W.W. Norton & Company, the New York publishing firm where I then worked, the semi-annual sales conference was underway. Assembled were the national sales reps and the marketing team, members of the editorial board, the publicity director and senior publicists, and our president and chair ...

Maria Takolander on what makes a story compelling

Maria Takolander
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

What makes a story compelling? When I was an undergraduate student at Deakin University, I was fortunate enough to be instructed in fiction writing by Gerald Murnane. His key criterion for the worth of a story was its capacity to mark his memory with an enduring image. Over time he used to cull books from his shelves that failed to impress him in this way.

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Graeme Miles reviews 'Leaves of Glass'

Graeme Miles
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Between 1889 and 1892, young Australian poet Bernard O’Dowd corresponded with the ageing Walt Whitman. Leaves of Glass, David Prater’s second collection, vividly imagines this long-distance relationship. This is not, however, a historical novel in verse. It refracts the correspondence through a perpetually shifting series of voices and forms, from heavily ...

Rose Lucas reviews 'Kin'

Rose Lucas
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Kin, Anne Elvey’s first full collection of poetry, brings together a wide range of poems full of light and the acuity of close attention. These poems focus on a world of inter-relationships where tree and water, creature and human, air and breathing, coexist – suggestive of an underlying philo-sophy of humility and acceptance. This is a world which envisions at least the potential of ...

Geoff Page reviews 'Woodsmoke'

Geoff Page
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Todd Turner’s first collection, Woodsmoke, evolves intriguingly. It starts in the ‘anti-pastoral’ mode founded by Philip Hodgins. Here the poet, long since relocated to the city, looks back with tellingly evocative detail but a divided sensibility on the life he (it’s normally a ‘he’) has now abandoned.

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Christopher Menz reviews two new Australian baking titles

Christopher Menz
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Australian sweet tooth and ongoing love of cakes and desserts is evident in two recent publications. Both cover the basics as well as offering more ambitious fare; they are good places to start if this is your thing.

Phillippa Grogan’s eponymous pâtisserie in Melbourne, established in 1994, offers the type of baked goods presented in this publication: ...

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