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Poor Fellow My Country, by Xavier Herbert

At 1443 pages, Xavier Herbert’s masterwork Poor Fellow My Country took a month to read.  I set myself a target of 50 pages or so each day, and interspersed the reading with other books to (literally) lighten the load.  2,164 more words

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Hope Farm, by Peggy Frew

Hope Farm is Peggy Frew’s second novel, and it’s longlisted for the 2016 Miles Franklin Award.  (See the rest of the longlist here). Although its setting is a hippie commune in decline, it’s an elegy for kids brought up in dysfunctional circumstances anywhere. 1,188 more words

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The Poets' Stairwell, by Alan Gould

Is poetry in a poet’s DNA? Or is something somehow acquired, when after trudging up a dark and constricted stairwell, the poet bursts into the light and sees with clarity? 1,024 more words

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Sensational Snippets: The Poets' Stairwell, by Alan Gould

Reading Alan Gould is like the frisson of being back at uni, feeling rapt in admiration of those students so much smarter than me, but being just smart enough to enjoy their jokes. 413 more words

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Gotham, by Nick Earls

Oh dear, I am the wrong person to be reading this, I thought to myself, as I began reading Gotham, Book 1 in Nick Earls’ new collection of novellas called  901 more words

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One, by Patrick Holland

I’m always surprised when a book is given a title that’s deliberately uninformative.  Titles like John Berger’s G (see my review), John A Scott’s… 1,332 more words

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2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Shortlists

2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists were announced today (making me wonder why all these awards aren’t coordinated a bit better to spread the publicity). 712 more words

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