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<i>Collected Stories</i> – Richard Yates

Collected Stories – Richard Yates

Vintage 9780099518549 (Aus, US) When a man is fired from his job in the story ‘A Glutton for Punishment’, he realises he has enjoyed the failures in his life. The character in this – like many of the other characters in Richard Yates’ Collected Stories – runs over a conversation in his head, with his […]

Meeting Alex Miller part three: on cross-eyed novels, the time we have, and liberties of language

Meeting Alex Miller part three: on cross-eyed novels, the time we have, and liberties of language

See also – part one: on the origins of a contemporary story and part two: on wisdom and imagination. My feature interview with Alex Miller on his new novel, Lovesong (Aus, US), was published in Readings Monthly. You can find it here.  When asked what his favourite is of all his novels, Miller smiled and […]

Meeting Alex Miller part one: on the origins of a contemporary story

Meeting Alex Miller part one: on the origins of a contemporary story

Recently I interviewed Alex Miller about his new novel Lovesong  (Aus, US) for Readings Monthly. As many of you know, Miller is not only one of Australia’s finest authors, but he’s one of my personal favourites, so I took this wonderful opportunity to extend my conversation with him to his other works, as well as writing and life […]

How did I live without them?

How did I live without them?

Just some of the treats in boxes shipped down by my ‘rents this week… (Thanks Mum & Dad! x) Missed my Marilyn collection! I am a movie buff, yes. Hello childhood! Macauley Culkin is my boyfriend. The Roald Dahl box sets were a present from Mum and Dad when I was about nine, and my sister […]

MJ Hyland’s <i>This is How</i>

MJ Hyland’s This is How

Text Publishing July 2009 (Australia) (US) 9781921520532 At the beginning of This is How, Patrick Oxtoby arrives at a boarding house. The landlady wants to hang up his coat. He’d prefer to leave it on. When he finally takes it off and puts it on the rack, it falls off. Neither of them pick it […]