memoir

Alexandra Mathew reviews 'Lonely City: Adventures in the art of being alone' by Olivia Laing

Alexandra Mathew

In her mid-thirties, British writer and critic Olivia Laing moved to New York City to live with her partner. When the relationship ended, Laing found herself alone ...

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Kári Gíslason reviews 'Farewell to the Father' by Tim Elliott

Kári Gíslason

One of the claims that is sometimes made for the memoir form is that it gives the author a degree of release from the past. Getting it down on paper can also be about ...

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Michael Winkler reviews 'Position Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories' by Kim Mahood

Michael Winkler

At the bottom of one of Kim Mahood's desert watercolours, she scrawled, 'In the gap between two ways of seeing, the risk is that you see nothing clearly.' A risk for ...

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Brian Matthews reviews 'Growing Wild' by Michael Wilding

Brian Matthews

Undaunted by Joseph Furphy's autodidactic complexities and indulgences, A.D. Hope proposed in his 1974 collection,  Native Companions, Essays and Comments on ...

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Doug Wallen reviews 'Road Series' by Hugo Race

Doug Wallen

The dislocation of international travel often prompts spontaneous moments of clarity, sparking a renewed awareness of where one is at in life ...

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Gillian Dooley reviews 'The Boy on the Tricycle' by Marcel Weyland and 'The May Beetles' by Baba Schwartz

Gillian Dooley

Memoirs of Eastern European children of the 1920s could hardly be more different than this pair. The old age Marcel Weyland describes in The Boy on the Tricycle ...

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Rachel Robertson reviews 'Dying: A memoir' by Cory Taylor

Rachel Robertson

We must all die, but many of us live as though we don't know this fact. When death comes close to us or our loved ones, we may feel totally unprepared ...

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Francesca Sasnaitis reviews 'Whisperings in the Blood: A memoir' by Shelley Davidow

Francesca Sasnaitis

Shelley Davidow's multi-generational memoir begins in 1913 with her Jewish great-grandfather Jacob escaping the pogroms of tsarist Lithuania for the rigours of life in the American Midwest. The English language eludes Jacob, who struggles to make a decent living in his adopted country. Poverty contributes to his wife's untimely death. Jacob's son and daughter are co ... More

Carol Middleton reviews 'Enemy: A daughter's story of how her father brought the Vietnam War home' by Ruth Clare

Carol Middleton

Growing up with a violent and controlling father who served in the Vietnam War may be a familiar story, but Ruth Clare's memoir takes us deeper, into the mind of the child and her day-to-day reality, where she is constantly primed for her father's next act of cruelty. Resembling a novel in its sensory detail and riveting narrative, Enemy recreates life in R ... More

Gillian Dooley reviews 'The Long Run' by Catriona Menzies-Pike

Gillian Dooley

When I heard that there was a new book out on why women run, I assumed I would be reading about women fleeing domestic horrors rather than running marathons. Such a reaction might make Catriona Menzies-Pike sigh with frustration, and the cultural myopia which gave rise to my unthinking assumption is one of the reasons she wrote this book. 'I'd read a lot of books ab ... More

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