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Foreign Soil

The blurb of Foreign Soil tells of a young black mother, writing short stories “in a dilapidated block of flats overhanging the rattling Footscray train lines”.   638 more words


Beautiful Grit: Foreign Soil

 Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke

A desperate asylum seeker is pacing the hallways of Sydney’s notorious Villawood detention centre, a seven-year-old Sudanese boy has found solace in a patchwork bike, an enraged black militant is on the war-path through the rebel squats of 1960s’ Brixton, a Mississippi housewife decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her son from small-town ignorance, a young woman leaves rural Jamaica in search of her destiny, and a Sydney schoolgirl loses her way. 292 more words

Literature / Fiction

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

[All the No Man’s Land Reading Project book reviews, including this one, can now be found at nmlreadingproject.wordpress.com.]

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