January–February 2018, issue no. 398

Kevin Rabalais reviews Penguin’s new library of New Zealand Classics

Kevin Rabalais
24 October 2016

At the outbreak of World War II, the British novelist Anna Kavan began a journey around the world that brought her, ultimately, to New Zealand. Her two years there in a ...

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Alice Bishop reviews 'Fine' by Michelle Wright

Alice Bishop
26 September 2016

All thirty-three short stories in Michelle Wright's Fine echo the powdery residue and hairline fractures printed on the cover. Silt and grit and cinders: Wright writes of people navigating ...

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'Window' by Cate Kennedy

Cate Kennedy
26 September 2016

Alex is watching his wife as she stands at the pale stone bench and raises her canister of Chinese herbal tonic to her shoulder to give it a quick shake. She gives him a game, faintly ...

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Claudia Hyles reviews 'Ruins' by Rajith Savanadasa

Claudia Hyles
23 September 2016

Ruins is the impressive début novel of Rajith Savanadasa, born in Sri Lanka and now living in Melbourne. He is founder and primary contributor to Open City Stories, a website ...

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Craig Billingham reviews 'The Rules of Backyard Cricket' by Jock Serong

Craig Billingham
23 September 2016

Rain delays at sporting events are not reserved exclusively for reading Australian literature, which I think is a great shame. For example, in July 2016, Alex James, a cricket fan from ...

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Francesca Sasnaitis reviews 'Commonwealth' by Ann Patchett

Francesca Sasnaitis
23 September 2016

Life, one of Commonwealth's minor characters remarks, is a series of losses. Teresa Cousins acknowledges that life is also other, better things, but that it is the losses that define us ...

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Amy Baillieu reviews 'The Good People' by Hannah Kent

Amy Baillieu
23 September 2016

After reading her début novel about Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last person to be executed in Iceland, no one is likely to pick up a book by Hannah Kent expecting a frothy comedy ...

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Sue Kossew reviews 'The Schooldays of Jesus' by J.M. Coetzee

Sue Kossew
23 September 2016

In order to grasp the complexity of allusions in J.M. Coetzee's new novel, The Schooldays of Jesus, you need to have your wits about you. On the other hand, as with its prequel ...

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Max Sipowicz reviews 'Mr Unpronounceable and the Infinity of Nightmares' by Tim Molloy

Max Sipowicz
24 August 2016

Mr Unpronounceable and the Infinity of Nightmares is the third volume of Tim Molloy's stories featuring Mr Unpronounceable, a modern-day shaman ...

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Barnaby Smith reviews 'The Bricks That Built Houses' by Kate Tempest

Barnaby Smith
24 August 2016

Kate Tempest's début is the expansion of a story she threaded through her 2014 album of protest hip-hop, Everybody Down. In its transformation to novel form ...

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