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Review of <i>Animal People</i> by Charlotte Wood in the <i>Age</i> today

Review of Animal People by Charlotte Wood in the Age today

Angela Meyer October 8, 2011 2 Comments

I reviewed Charlotte Wood’s new novel Animal People for the Age and it looks like it has already found its way online, on the SMH website (not sure if it was in their print version as well). It is definitely one of the best Australian books I’ve read this year, and I do encourage you to […]

Extrapolations: stories re-imagined from the tangible, a guest post by Kent MacCarter

Extrapolations: stories re-imagined from the tangible, a guest post by Kent MacCarter

Angela Meyer September 19, 2011

By Kent MacCarter In the preface on page six of Dupain’s Sydney, an art book featuring photographic plates of cityscapes, city dwellers and urban whatnot by acclaimed photographer Max Dupain, there is a photograph of the artist fussing with the aperture on his 4×5 large-format camera perched on a fully extended tripod. You can detect […]

Guest review: Rachel Edwards on <i>Bearings</i> by Leah Swann

Guest review: Rachel Edwards on Bearings by Leah Swann

Angela Meyer September 10, 2011

Affirm Press, 9780980790429 (Aus) Reviewed by Rachel Edwards Australia has seen an increase in the publishing, and the recognition of, short stories and their authors over the last few years. Cate Kennedy and Nam Le set the bar high, and Affirm Press are presenting reading audiences with some refined new voices through their innovative publishing of the […]

Review of <i>:etchings 9 – Love & Something</i> on <i>Cordite</i>

Review of :etchings 9 – Love & Something on Cordite

Angela Meyer September 6, 2011

I recently reviewed issue nine of the journal :etchings for Cordite Poetry Review. The focus of the review is the issue’s poetry, as that is Cordite‘s focus, but I mention the fiction and nonfiction also. It begins: ‘Love & Something is the sub-header of :etchings 9, and the something seems to stand for the multitudinous meanings the […]

Read just now: <i>Re: Reading the Dictionary</i> by Tim Sinclair

Read just now: Re: Reading the Dictionary by Tim Sinclair

Angela Meyer September 1, 2011

Spent the morning writing and editing. Checked my email. Read a press release on Tim Sinclair’s new poetry book Re: Reading the Dictionary. Clicked the link. Bought it. Downloaded it. Read it from A to Z. Loved it. Wanted to tell you about it right away. Each piece from ‘Afflatus’ to ‘Zombie, Philosophical’ takes a […]

Guest review: Portia Lindsay on <i>Berlin Syndrome</i> by Melanie Joosten

Guest review: Portia Lindsay on Berlin Syndrome by Melanie Joosten

Angela Meyer July 31, 2011 1 Comment

Scribe Publications, 9781921844140, July 2011, Australia Melanie Joosten’s debut novel is a taut and intimate psychological thriller. Clare meets Andi while on a working holiday in Berlin and they immediately share a strong attraction. At Andi’s behest, Clare decides to delay travelling on to Dresden, but their intense connection quickly morphs into a more sinister […]

Review of <i>The Meowmorphosis</i> by Franz Kafka & Coleridge Cook in the <i>Australian</i>

Review of The Meowmorphosis by Franz Kafka & Coleridge Cook in the Australian

Angela Meyer July 11, 2011

First, let me apologise for the recent lack of fully formed blog posts. From next week I may have a bit more time for that (staying in the country). I’m giving my paper in a couple of days in London and have been super busy with work, sightseeing and drinking too much. I promise I’ll […]

<i>The Invention of Paris: A History in Footsteps</i> by Eric Hazan reviewed for <i>Bookslut</i>

The Invention of Paris: A History in Footsteps by Eric Hazan reviewed for Bookslut

Angela Meyer July 5, 2011

My review of Eric Hazan’s The Invention of Paris: A History in Footsteps (translated by David Fernbach) can be found in the July issue of Bookslut. I completed the review while in Paris a few weeks ago. It begins: ‘I’m sitting in an apartment in the twelfth arrondissement of Paris, and because I’ve finished Eric […]

Guest review: Greg Westenberg on <i>The Geometry of Flight</i> by Angela Smith

Guest review: Greg Westenberg on The Geometry of Flight by Angela Smith

Angela Meyer June 20, 2011

Pulse Publications, 2010, 9780646540443 In naming her poetry collection The Geometry of Flight Angela Smith, like Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade, ‘chose wisely’. More wisely, more selflessly, than perhaps she realised. She has given multiple doorways to her work with the single phrase: porticos that set the reader’s path through the work, paths that […]

Guest review: Raili Simojoki on <i>The Amateur Science of Love</i> by Craig Sherborne

Guest review: Raili Simojoki on The Amateur Science of Love by Craig Sherborne

Angela Meyer June 9, 2011 2 Comments

Text Publishing, June 2011 9781921758010 (trade paperback, ebook) Reviewed by Raili Simojoki If you’ve read any of Craig Sherborne’s writing, you’ll know not to expect a rosy-eyed view of the world. The Amateur Science of Love follows the grim journey of a love affair gone wrong. Colin leaves the unglamorous environs of his parents’ farm […]