James Ley

James Ley reviews Breath by Tim Winton

James Ley
21 June 2019

One of the intriguing things about Breath, Tim Winton’s first novel in seven years, is that it has a number of affinities with his very first book, An Open Swimmer (198 More

James Ley reviews 'Vernon God Little' by D.B.C. Pierre

James Ley
07 June 2019

‘The fucken oozing nakedness, the despair of being such a vulnerable egg-sac of a critter, like, a so-called human being, just sickens me sometimes, especially More

James Ley reviews 'The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers' by Delia Falconer

James Ley
07 June 2019

It is eight years since Delia Falconer published her successful début novel, The Service of Clouds. Eight years is a long time. It took James Joyce eight years to write Ulyss More

James Ley reviews 'Slow Man' by J.M. Coetzee

James Ley
03 June 2019

Slow Man begins with an accident. Paul Rayment is cycling along an Adelaide street when he is struck by a car. When he emerges from a daze of doctors and painkillers, he discovers More

James Ley reviews Memories of the Future by Siri Hustvedt

James Ley
21 April 2019

Siri Hustvedt’s latest novel, Memories of the Future, weaves together three distinct threads. The overarching narrative, set in the recent past, unfolds contemporaneously with t More

James Ley reviews Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany

James Ley
22 February 2019

The term ‘exploded view’ refers to an image in a technical manual that shows all the individual parts of a machine, separates them out, but arranges them on the page so that you can se More

Books of the Year 2018

Michelle de Kretser, et al.
26 November 2018

To celebrate the best books of 2018, Australian Book Review invited nearly forty contributors to nominate their favourite titles. Contributors include Michelle de Kretser

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Krapp's Last Tape (fortyfivedownstairs) ★★★★1/2

James Ley
05 November 2018

Krapp’s Last Tape was first performed in 1958, which places it towards the end of Samuel Beckett’s middle period: those fruitful postwar years during which he wrote his major More

James Ley reviews 'T.S. Eliot and the Dynamic Imagination' edited by Deborah Jordan

James Ley
23 August 2018

When the bloated and pocky corpse of literary studies is finally thrown from the battlements of the ivory tower in a futile attempt to appease the unappeasable forces of neoliberal corpora More

James Ley reviews 'Why Dylan Matters' by Richard F. Thomas

James Ley
26 April 2018

There was a certain predictability to the arguments that flared when Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. For the most part, they were variations of the arguments More

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