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Johanna Adorján’s <i>An Exclusive Love</i>

Johanna Adorján’s An Exclusive Love

December 10, 2010 1 Comment

Translated from the German by Anthea Bell (Aus, US, UK) Text Publishing, September 2010 9781921656569 Johanna Adorján’s grandparents took their own lives in October 1991. In this reserved and moving book Adorján pieces together the last day of their lives, interspersing this narrative with details of her grandparents’ pasts, pieces of her own story, and musings on various related […]

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

Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists

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 […]

In the end we all fade to black: a ‘responsive’ interview with Kathy Charles, author of <i>Hollywood Ending</i>

In the end we all fade to black: a ‘responsive’ interview with Kathy Charles, author of Hollywood Ending

November 10, 2009 4 Comments

Kathy Charles’ debut novel Hollywood Ending was recently released in Australia by Text Publishing (John Belushi Is Dead, MTV Books, US). In my review for the October issue of Australian Book Review I said: ‘Kathy Charles creates a world both familiar and strange … Despite being highly, if darkly, entertaining, the book hints at deeper issues, such […]

A ‘responsive’ interview with Kirsten Reed, author of <i>The Ice Age</i>

A ‘responsive’ interview with Kirsten Reed, author of The Ice Age

September 20, 2009 3 Comments

The Ice Age Kirsten Reed Text, 2009 9781921520747 (Aus, US/Kindle) Prompts: LiteraryMinded Responses: Kirsten Reed One of your own ‘on the road’ experiences… I was seventeen, hitching a short distance (about forty miles; this was a leg of my journey for which there was no connecting bus). The sun was about to set, and I […]

Love, sex and intimacy with Krissy Kneen, author of <i>Affection</i> (a <i>LiteraryMinded</i> ‘responsive’ interview)

Love, sex and intimacy with Krissy Kneen, author of Affection (a LiteraryMinded ‘responsive’ interview)

August 3, 2009 6 Comments

Affection: A Memoir of Love, Sex and Intimacy Text Publishing 9781921520617 August 2009 (Aus, US) Prompts: LiteraryMinded Responses: Krissy Kneen Things that are fast/things that are slow Motorcycles.  Rollercoaster. Pick ups.  Orgasms.  All too fast.  Slow would be nice.  Slow is the ideal, something to aspire to.  It all ends too quickly.  Everything. And the […]

Sexy romance + serious issues: Toni Jordan on <i>Addition</i>

Sexy romance + serious issues: Toni Jordan on Addition

May 20, 2009 2 Comments

Addition (Text, Aus/Polebridge, US) is a sexy, smart, funny and totally refreshing read. It’s the story of numerical-obsessive Grace, and her unique navigation of life. When Grace meets Seamus, her lifestyle comes into question – the counting, the obsession with dead mathematician Nicola Tesla, the careful structures of her daily life. Can she fall messily […]