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Ruins, by Rajith Savanadasa

For most Australians, I suspect, Sri Lanka is the source of asylum seekers from the civil war, (1983-2009) and in metropolitan cities and suburbs, also the source of cheap and cheerful cuisine in Sri Lankan eateries.  1,385 more words

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#Take 2: A Brief Take on the Australian Novel, by Jean-Francois Vernay, translated by Marie Ramsland

Following on from my previous post about A Brief Take on the Australian Novel, by Jean-Francois Vernay – I have now finished reading the book, and I’m ready to chat about other aspects of the book that interest me. 2,068 more words

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Wildlight, by Robyn Mundy

Just recently I read an indignant opinion piece by a young person who was sick of being told to put down her phone and engage in real life.  934 more words

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The Last Days of Ava Langdon, by Mark O'Flynn

The Last Days of Ava Langdon is an affectionate homage to the Australian author Eve Langley, (1904-1974),  but it’s also an homage to eccentricity.

In this generous and respectful fictionalisation of Langley’s life, there’s a boy who lives near Ava who taunts her each time he sees her.  1,077 more words

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A Brief Take on the Australian Novel, by Jean-Francois Vernay, translated by Marie Ramsland

Yes, you read that title correctly: a book about Australian literature that’s been translated into English.  And it’s called A Brief Take because it uses cinematic techniques within the pages of the book.  1,413 more words

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2016 Kibble and Dobbie shortlists

Oh, what a difference it makes when a competent publicist sends out a press release about literary news!  Thanks to Kate Miller from Honner Media for the press release which just arrived in my inbox.  439 more words

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The Memory Artist, by Katherine Brabon (Vogel winner 2016)

This year’s Vogel Award winner, The Memory Artist is a departure from the kind of Australian themed books that we have become used to with this prize.   1,819 more words

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