January–February 2017, issue no. 388

Dina Ross reviews 'The Love of a Bad Man' by Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Dina Ross

Throughout history, women have been seduced by men who are mad, bad, and dangerous to know. Many of the world’s most notorious murderers and con artists have attracted ...


Fiona Wright reviews 'The Science of Appearances' by Jacinta Halloran

Fiona Wright

‘Twins,’ Jacinta Halloran writes, have ‘a special place in worlds both mythical and real’. This line, in the beautifully poetic prologue of The Science of Appearances, is More

Lisa Gorton reviews 'Hag-Seed: The Tempest retold' by Margaret Atwood

Lisa Gorton

The Tempest is a play set on a ship. In the first scene, the ship is wrecked. ‘All lost ... all lost.’ The play is over. The play begins again. To one side of the stage, on an More

Sara Savage reviews 'The Near and the Far: New stories from the Asia-Pacific region' edited by David Carlin and Francesca Rendle-Short

Sara Savage

At the 2016 Melbourne Writers Festival, Maxine Beneba Clarke received a standing ovation for her opening address in which she pushed for greater diversity in literature. ‘Something ...More

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

Kevin Rabalais

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 ...


Alice Bishop reviews 'Fine' by Michelle Wright

Alice Bishop

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 ...


'Window' by Cate Kennedy

Cate Kennedy

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 ...


Claudia Hyles reviews 'Ruins' by Rajith Savanadasa

Claudia Hyles

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 ...


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

Craig Billingham

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 ...


Francesca Sasnaitis reviews 'Commonwealth' by Ann Patchett

Francesca Sasnaitis

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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