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Aussies up for largest worldwide literary prize: IMPAC Dublin longlist

Aussies up for largest worldwide literary prize: IMPAC Dublin longlist

The longlist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is nominated by libraries worldwide, so it’s no surprise that Australian books have been put forward by Australian libraries. Nonetheless, the €100,000 prize is nothing to balk at. It’s a long longlist, but an interesting one. I like seeing the flavour of different libraries in different […]

Brethren is one of my favourite words (but that has nothing to do with <i>Peril</i>, my best books of 2009, Kafka’s diary, or an <i>Overland</i> blog guest post)

Brethren is one of my favourite words (but that has nothing to do with Peril, my best books of 2009, Kafka’s diary, or an Overland blog guest post)

* This week I went to the launch of Peril, edition 8: ‘why are people so unkind’? It featured readings, and a fun, sexy performance by Ladies of Colour Agency that made me want to get up an shake it, baby. Maxine Clarke, who performed her poetry, gives a very warm of a rundown of […]

Philipp Meyer’s <i>American Rust</i>

Philipp Meyer’s American Rust

A&U 2009, 9781741756838 (Aus, US/Kindle) The fundamental thread, through Philipp Meyer’s brilliant American Rust, is mistakes and failures, and how they come about through choice, instinct or luck. In the novel, each of the characters comes up against choices large and small, and the reader is not only witness to the outcomes of their decisions, […]