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Emily Bitto, The strays (Review)

Let me start by saying I really enjoyed reading Emily Bitto’s The strays. It was scheduled for my reading group the day after my return from Tasmania, and I suddenly found myself in the last day of my Tasmanian holiday without having started the book. 1,196 more words

Australian Literature

Stella Count Redux - more of the same, I'm afraid

The sterling people behind the Stella Prize* have updated their 2014 analysis of Australian book reviews.  This time they examined The Saturday Paper and Sydney Review of Books… 530 more words


Leave Assumptions Behind: Heat and Light

Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven takes her readers on a journey that is mythical, mystical, and still achingly real. Over three parts, she takes traditional storytelling and gives it a unique, contemporary twist. 526 more words

Short Stories

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. 296 more words

Literature / Fiction

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

This review is part of the No Man’s Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. 1,190 more words


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