Book Reviews

Book Reviews2019-06-20T08:07:54+08:00

My year in books

By |December 30th, 2019|

I read a lot of books this year, no different to any other year. But I did try to read differently, adding writers of colour and translated works to my usual reading list. I accepted review copies by writers I had never previously read. I read more short stories and essays, [...]

UWAP Writers – Michelle Michau-Crawford

By |November 25th, 2019|

In 2013, Michelle Michau-Crawford won the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Prize for her short story, Leaving Elvis, and in 2016, she was published by UWA Publishing, with her debut collection - Leaving Elvis And Other Stories . Michelle is the third writer I am profiling as a form of protest against the threatened [...]

UWAP Writers – Roanna Gonsalves

By |November 20th, 2019|

In my second post about the UWAP writers I am proud to share this publishing house with, I'm writing about The Permanent Resident and its author, the award winning Roanna Gonsalves. The short stories that make up this collection are playful and terse, abundant and contained, unexpected and universal. Roanna and I [...]

UWAP Writers – Amanda Curtin

By |November 17th, 2019|

Recently, the West Australian writing community was stunned by the shock announcement that the 85 year old publishing house was told to systematically shut down its operations and move to an open access, digital model, supposedly to 'modernise' it. Local, national and international writers expressed their outrage and rallied to support [...]

Loving Hardy

By |August 11th, 2019|

English novelist Thomas Hardy was an unlikely role model for a book-obsessed young girl growing up in India, but I credit Hardy, and the Romantic poets, with my initiation into writing. Something about Hardy’s grimness appealed enormously. I named the hero in my own novel after Hardy’s Gabriel, that laconic [...]

Gardens of Earthly Delights

By |February 24th, 2019|

On an exceptionally kind February afternoon in Perth yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking to Annamaria Weldon and Moreno Giovannoni about goddesses and fireflies. The late great Mary Oliver wrote this: 'creative work needs solitude. It needs concentration without interruption. It needs the whole sky to fly in.' Both [...]

The Book Pile – 2018

By |December 27th, 2018|

Globally and personally 2018 was a difficult year, so I built a wall of books and retreated. Here are some of the books I read, and some that I abandoned. This year I managed to get the balance between Australian and international books right, I think.   Behrouz Boochani's No Friend [...]

A Ministry, a Garden, a God

By |May 19th, 2018|

I read a lot of books. For research mainly, or so I tell others and myself but also for pleasure, for comfort and to know myself better. I read fabulous books and ordinary ones, heartbreaking books and healing ones, smart books and hilarious ones, and I have a system of shelving [...]

Books on Shelves

By |January 12th, 2018|

When a friend sent me a photo of my novel on her shelf, my preoccupation with books and how they appear on shelves, inspired me to find pictures of The Historian's Daughter on various shelves, in bookshops, libraries and homes. Those who know me understand my idiosyncratic shelving of my books [...]