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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mystery, strangeness and coming-of-age: an interview with Christopher Currie, author of <i>The Ottoman Motel</i>

Mystery, strangeness and coming-of-age: an interview with Christopher Currie, author of The Ottoman Motel

Angela Meyer May 16, 2011 1 Comment

Text Publishing, May 2011, 9781921758164 (Aus, US, UK) The parents of a young boy disappear in a small, strange town called Reception, in Christopher Currie’s atmospheric debut novel The Ottoman Motel. The townfolk don’t seem to be trying too hard to find Simon’s parents, and it isn’t the first disappearance in the area. Currie’s debut is […]

Let’s read writing by women

Angela Meyer May 13, 2011 42 Comments

A new committee is being set up to pursue equal rights for women writers in Australia. Besides research, lobbying and setting up mentorships, the committee is looking at establishing a literary prize for Australian women writers, along the lines of the UK’s Orange Prize. The steering committee (including novelist and publisher Sophie Cunningham, critic and […]

Guest review: Lisa Down on <i>Kill Your Darlings: Issue Four</i>

Guest review: Lisa Down on Kill Your Darlings: Issue Four

Angela Meyer April 19, 2011 1 Comment

Kill Your Darlings: Issue Four (Aus) Ed: Rebecca Starford January 2011 reviewed by Lisa Down Call me a philistine, but I wasn’t previously familiar with the Australian quarterly Kill Your Darlings. It means I don’t have a standard by which I can judge this edition but I walked away satisfied that it had provided the […]

<i>Australian Book Review Online Edition</i> launches today

Australian Book Review Online Edition launches today

Angela Meyer April 4, 2011 2 Comments

Australian Book Review, as you may well know, is a monthly magazine featuring lengthy, considered book reviews plus poetry and essays (and soon fiction). It is 50 years old this year. Today they’re launching their Online Edition, which is an enhanced version of the magazine accessible to subscribers. ABR OE can be read on any device with […]

Guest review: Lyndon Riggall on <i>The Girl With No Hands</i> by Angela Slatter

Guest review: Lyndon Riggall on The Girl With No Hands by Angela Slatter

Angela Meyer March 25, 2011 1 Comment

Ticonderoga Publications, 2011 9780980628883 (Aus, US, UK) reviewed by Lyndon Riggall In my first year at University I studied fairytales, and more specifically Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, a book which is arguably the poster-child of fairytale re-imaginings. Carter writes well, and in many cases her stories spin beautifully away from tradition while remaining neatly tied […]

<i>This Too Shall Pass</i> by SJ Finn

This Too Shall Pass by SJ Finn

Angela Meyer March 17, 2011

This review first appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald: Spectrum on the weekend of February 26-27. Sleepers Publishing 9781742700380 March 2011 (Aus) Jen Montgomery, known as ‘Monty’, had always considered herself a ‘forever’ person, until years into her marriage when something shifted. Monty began a relationship with another woman. This Too Shall Pass not only reflects on […]

The moody city: Meg Mundell on <i>Black Glass</i>

The moody city: Meg Mundell on Black Glass

Angela Meyer February 26, 2011 1 Comment

Black Glass Meg Mundell Scribe, March 2011 9781921640933 (Aus) In Meg Mundell’s dark and stylish debut, two sisters and a cast of characters from different tiers of society fight for survival, recognition and connection in near-future Melbourne. The novel is in some ways about maintaining some kind of hope or dreams in a fractured, controlling […]