We’re excited to present a series of online reviews, edited by Cher Tan. You’ll find the first offerings below—watch this space for more excellent writing soon. Reviewed: So Close To Home, Mick Cummins by Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn “In playwright and social worker Mick Cummins’ debut novel, So Close to Home, we meet eighteen-year-old Aaron Peters in the throes of heroin withdrawal…” Read More Reviewed: The In-Between, Christos Tsiolkas by Alex Gerrans “The In-Between is Christos Tsiolkas consciously yoking himself to Australian literature in a historical sense. It begins with an epigraph from Patrick White’s The Tree of Man, another […]
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Secret Third Thing Dan Hogan Cordite Books, 2023 Dear Andy, Truth is, I don’t understand Secret Third Thing. There’s an elusiveness to the language, an uncanny and yet discombobulating common uncommonness that, for me, harks back to bongs with your mate’s dad in back sheds; to beach days when pulling grocery bags from grey sand was as good as finding jellyfish; to nicking twenty bux from your mum so you can buy a goon sack and swing it to a Hills Hoist and go all goose-eyed and star-swilling. A reckless contemplation of pending doom, perhaps—uncomfortable as it may be, […]