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The Swan Book

Reading The Swan Book is like being led through a beautiful and disturbing prose poem. It is as though Alexis Wright has created a genre all her own with the superb language and the fantastical-realism of the story (if there can be such a thing). 499 more words


Review: "The Swan Book" by Alexis Wright

Giramondo Publishing, Sydney, 2013.

This review first appeared a little over six months ago in Strange Horizons.

Everything in her mind became mucked up. This is the kind of harm the accumulated experience of an exile will do to you .

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April 2015 book reviews

The Tiger Queens, Stephanie Thornton

This historical fiction novel follows four women in the court of Genghis Khan and his sons. The brutality and fragility of life for women is clear but each of them comes to wield a degree of influence. 742 more words

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Reading About Australia: Carpentaria by Alexis Wright


I don’t know where, or how, to start the conversation about this book. Life-changing, maybe? I didn’t want it to end, and I gave it a big hug before I turned it back into the library. 373 more words


Now reading: The swan book, by Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright, The swan book (Giramondo 2013)

Alexis Wright received the Miles Franklin Award in 2007 for her previous novel Carpentaria. That book I started three or four times, progressing no further than the first 50 pages through the dump and pricklebush. 184 more words

A Genre for our Generation: Heather Taylor Johnson reviews 'The Swan Book' by Alexis Wright

The Swan Book by Alexis Wright. Giramondo Publishing 2013

It was with great trepidation that I opened up Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book because I had read… 953 more words

Australian Poetry

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan’s powerful The Narrow Road to the Deep North is in many ways an immense achievement. It took some twelve years to write, during which time he tried a number of different forms for the story, realising each time he had failed, before he settled on the one that appears in the published novel. 1,639 more words