Books

 

An Unhappy Soul

An Unhappy Soul

Ruby Hamad
Summer 2019
Early into his new essay collection Intimate Antipathies, the follow-up to his NSW Premier’s Award–winning An Elegant Young Man, Luke Carman shares Gore Vidal’s theory on the two kinds of writer. The first is the true wordsmith; obsessed with mastering ...
Blood Will Have Blood

Blood Will Have Blood

Upulie Divisekera
Summer 2019
Blood is not a single substance, but a collection of individual parts that comprise a magical fluid that maintains life. It’s made up of many components: red blood cells that carry oxygen to tissues and give blood its colour; cells ...
Yellow Peril Isn't What It Used to Be

Yellow Peril Isn’t What It Used to Be

Jinghua Qian
Summer 2019, Summer 2019, Summer 2019, Summer 2019
As a proportion of the total population, there were more Chinese people in Victoria in the 1850s than there are now.According to the 1857 census, more than 6 per cent of the Victorian population was Chinese. In the 2016 census, 4.7 ...
Feeling Seen

Feeling Seen

Cher Tan
Spring 2019
In H.G. Wells’ 1897 gothic masterpiece The Invisible Man, a mysterious figure arrives in a small English town to carry out nefarious deeds. Under an outfit that’s largely made up of bandages, the optics-obsessed scientist is invisible, which allows him ...
Five Poets: Five Worlds

Five Poets: Five Worlds

Martin Langford
Spring 2019
John Mateer’s previous books have been faceted confrontations with the cultures that he travelled through—the far east, Australia, the Islamic world. João is a break from that: a somewhat haphazard collection of incidents and observations that together provide a portrait ...
The Absent Mother

The Absent Mother

Amy Gray
Spring 2019
Motherhood is a role everyone experiences in some way, and yet mothers are never seen. Instead, media and society dissect mothers into a range of body parts without agency: the uterus, which is governed by laws, or hands that do ...
'What's It like Inside a Monster's Head?'

‘What’s It like Inside a Monster’s Head?’

Andy Jackson
Spring 2019
Earlier this year Joanne Vigor-Mungovin announced she had found the unmarked grave of a significant historical figure in the City of London Cemetery. This man was born in 1862 in Leicester, and spent his early life in a workhouse, then ...
Nostalgia for a Working Class

Nostalgia for a Working Class

Jeff Sparrow
Winter 2019
Recently I chaired a session at the Adelaide Writers Centre, an event entitled ‘The Supremacy of Class’ at which Rick Morton and Sarah Smarsh discussed their books One Hundred Years of Dirt and Heartland. Adelaide gives a good festival, with ...
And Still the Birds Sing

And Still the Birds Sing

Karen Wyld
Winter 2019
As some recently published works have shown, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers are continuing to embrace fiction-writing as a vessel for speaking truth to power. Constantly branching out into new genres—experimenting, fusing, transforming—there’s a noticeable increase in First Peoples speculative ...
The Forming of Our Modern Notions

The Forming of Our Modern Notions

Ruby Hamad
Winter 2019
When reports emerged late last year that thousands of migrant children were being forcibly separated from their parents at the United States–Mexico border and placed into state care, much of America (and beyond) reacted with shock. ‘I appreciate the need ...
Wings of Hope

Wings of Hope

Alison Croggon
Winter 2019
Living in the twenty-first century often seems like a state of dissociated anxiety, as if existence is reduced to a live feed of the apocalypse, as if we’re in one of those nineties disaster movies in which TV screens in ...