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Book Review -- The Strays (2014) by Emily Bitto

[This is the eleventh instalment in my No Man’s Land Reading Project.]

When I think of friendships between young women in novels, it takes me a minute to come up with really solid ones, and I’ll say right out of the gate (because nothing is more endearing at the beginning of a review than following an admission of personal shortcoming with a horse racing idiom) that that’s on me. 1,131 more words

Swimming With Elephants

The Strays

The Strays is the memoir of Lily, her time spent growing up in the whirling modern art circle of Melbourne in the 1930s, loosely based on Australia’s Heide artists.   794 more words


Emily Bitto:The Strays

Emily Bitto’s The Strays is an intriguing look at that rare phenomenon, Bohemian life in 1930’s Melbourne. But more than that it is about a family with parents whose aim in life is to create a community dedicated to Art, and an artist father whose ambition in life is to burn with Pater’s ‘hard gem-like flame.’ 940 more words


It's all in the name

It’s no secret writers make up names; for their characters, for their stories and for themselves. Females have taken to disguising their authorship since at least Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell started getting their poetry published. 688 more words


Book Prizes in the UK and Australia

I see that new followers have signed up for Proto Libro in the last week. Welcome! I appreciate your interest in my blog and hope that you discover debut authors and books here that you want to explore. 242 more words

Byron Bay Writers Festival program for 2015 released

Emily Bitto whose The Strays won this year’s Stella Prize, Joan London, Kate Greville and Chigozie Obioma are among the headline writers appearing at the 2015  64 more words


Review: The Strays by Emily Bitto

Margot McGovern reviews The Strays by Emily Bitto. 

Winner of the 2015 Stella PrizeThe Strays (Affirm Press, 2014) is an enchanting foray into a bohemian paradise where art reigns supreme, creation and destruction walk hand in hand and desire winds snake-like through the grass. 1,059 more words