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Guest review: Alice Grundy on <i>Mr Peanut</i> by Adam Ross

Guest review: Alice Grundy on Mr Peanut by Adam Ross

Angela Meyer April 26, 2011

Vintage, 9780099535379 (Aus, UK, US) Reviewed by Alice Grundy The cover of Adam Ross’ first novel, Mr Peanut, is swathed in praise from no lesser lights than Stephen King and Michiko Kakutani. The title page features a reproduction of Escher’s ‘Mobius’ flagging the role of the double in the plot. All the signs point towards […]

20 classics in 2011 #1: <i>The Berlin Stories</i> by Christopher Isherwood

20 classics in 2011 #1: The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood

Angela Meyer January 27, 2011 7 Comments

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? After seeing the elegant and moving film A Single Man (and falling for Colin Firth all over again) I learnt it was based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood – a rather famous gay writer who for […]

Elif Batuman, author of <i>The Possessed</i>: a ‘responsive’ interview

Elif Batuman, author of The Possessed: a ‘responsive’ interview

Angela Meyer May 13, 2010 3 Comments

Elif Batuman’s The Possessed (Aus, US/Kindle) is a personalised, intelligent, humorous exploration of Russian literature; and of academia, reading, and writers – with plenty of travel and adventure. It’s the kind of book you devour and dog-ear – where you’re learning with delight, being provided insight into authors, stories, countries, languages and lifestyles. I thought Elif would […]

Tom Rachman’s <i>The Imperfectionists</i>

Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists

Angela Meyer March 31, 2010

Text Publishing 2010 9781921656033 (Aus, US) Kathleen Solson, the editor-in-chief of an international newspaper based in Rome, suspects her husband is having an affair. Solson has always ranked people by ‘intelligence’, her ex notes. Maybe she is calculating. Maybe she needs attention. In Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists we are given a glimpse of Solson’s life, as […]

<i>Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned</i>: Christopher Currie interviews Wells Tower, part the second

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned: Christopher Currie interviews Wells Tower, part the second

Angela Meyer September 11, 2009 6 Comments

  Part the first of Christopher Currie’s interview with Wells Tower can be found here. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned Wells Tower Granta, 2009 9781847080486 (Aus, US/Kindle) In other interviews, you’ve talked about your stories having a ‘moral pendulum’ swinging between characters, and the importance of putting the reader slightly off-balance at the end of a […]

<i>Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned</i>: Christopher Currie interviews Wells Tower, part the first

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned: Christopher Currie interviews Wells Tower, part the first

Angela Meyer September 10, 2009 7 Comments

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned Wells Tower Granta, 2009 9781847080486 (Aus, US/Kindle) Words: Christopher Currie and Wells Tower Image: Chris Somerville Back in March, during one of my reverential trawls through my RSS feeds, I began hearing about an American writer, Wells Tower, whose short story collection Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned was beginning to garner some […]