Author Archive

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Henry Bell

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I’ve spent the last six months researching and writing a book about John Maclean. A great deal of that reading has revolved around Socialist splits and grappling with the difference between the SLP,… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Stephanie Green

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Dalila by Jason Donald, about a Kenyan asylum seeker and her treatment in Glasgow and other parts of the UK,  is brilliantly written – spare but heart-stopping. Dalila’s experiences are based on those… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY STUART A. BARNES AND RYAN VANCE

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STUART A. BARNES was born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania, educated at Monash University, Victoria, and lives in Rockhampton, Queensland. His first poetry collection, Glasshouses (UQP 2016), won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize, was… Continue reading

A CHRISTMAS CAROL – A Short Story by Henry King

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Michael Caine had muttered his last “Bah, humbug!” and turned into a happy old man, singing along with the brightly coloured anthropomorphic animals and monsters. The children loved it, and the adults were… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Vicki Husband

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Ocean Vuong’s first collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds is remarkable for many reasons, not least the way it holds its contradictions together with such poise: violence and sensuality, family relationships and the Vietnam… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Andrew Lees

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It sounds a bit pretentious these days but I still do believe that medicine is a calling rather than a profession or a job. In order to be a good neurologist you need… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Steve Mentz

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  Joseph North, Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History Literary studies loves self-interrogation. Usually we find ourselves wanting, and we are enjoined to return to some prior virtue: a politics of leftist solidarity,… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Andrew Rubens

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Daniel Everett Don’t Sleep, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle As a translator, I find the nuts and bolts of linguistics fascinating, but I am ambivalent about the discipline in… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Naomi Richards

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Thomas Wright, Oscar’s Books: A Journey around the Library of Oscar Wilde  If you love books then this book surely must be a treasure. It is a literary journey through the mind of… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Elissa Soave

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I’ve read so many wonderful books this year, it really is difficult to narrow it down to three but, after much deliberation (and sorrow at having to leave off my list Roxane Gay’s… Continue reading