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March, 2008


Greenbeard is a new lit/arts mag edited by Mariana Sabino. Its flavour is international, with writers from Europe, India and Australia. Mariana is quite a fan of my writing and my blog and has included four of my pieces in the first issue – two book reviews, a film review and my short story Dead […]


I’m Afraid of the Five-Blade Razor – Book Review and Commentary

Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough – Clive Hamilton and Richard Denniss. Allen & Unwin, 2005, 9781741146714 (Aus, US/Kindle) Three years ago Clive Hamilton half-jokingly referred to the possibility of the five-blade razor. It comes as no surprise that his prediction has come true, and emphasises why Affluenza continues to be an extremely relevant […]


A Literary-Minded Day in London

A dreary, overcast morning (typical London I’m told). I have been awake for hours – jetlagged, adrenaline-filled, foreign. Abbey Road is a long road. I find what I think is ‘that’ crossing (it is the only one I can find). It is early still and the street is packed with buses, taxis, rushing Londoners with […]


The Reader by Bernhard Schlink – an ‘Off the Shelf’ book review with travel commentary

Translated by Carol Brown Janeway, Phoenix, 1997, 9780753804704 (Aus, US)  The Reader was experienced traveling by train through Europe, and recalled when faced with the ‘Topography of Terror’ monument in Berlin (the site of the SS headquarters), and Anne Frank’s House in Amsterdam. It is a coming of age story simply told. Michael becomes involved with […]