Page 3 of our reviews

Exactly As I Am by Rae White

Rae White won the 2017 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for their debut collection, Milk Teeth, which was also shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and commended in the 2018 Anne …

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In the Roar of the Machine by Zheng Xiaoqiong & Eleanor Goodman (trans.)

In the Roar of the Machine brings together more than 10 years of Zheng Xiaoqiong’s poetry in a lyrical and poignant collection. Zheng was born in Sichuan and trained as a nurse but, sick of the worki…

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Lys: Works for Violin by Mari Samuelsen, Scoring Berlin & Jonathan Stockhammer

The theme to this month’s reviewed albums is one of melding, fusion and blending. Not so much the crashing together of different musical worlds, but rather the layering of ideas and traditions to cre…

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Words Are Eagles by Gregory Day

Occasionally I read a book that resonates so powerfully I am lost for words. It resists explication, often because I am still immersed in the writing and wish only to stay there. Words Are Eagles, Gr…

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Forty Nights by Pirooz Jafari

Forty Nights opens with its central character, lawyer Tishtar, shopping for food in Sunshine near his office, remembering his childhood in Iran, and recalling how he learnt the traditions and stories…

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Denizen James by McKenzie Watson

Here are my rules for reading this gripping and quite frankly at times terrifying debut novel: don’t read it late at night unless you have nerves of steel; and don’t read it when you are stranded at …

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Sixty-Seven Days by Yvonne Weldon

Readers may be familiar with Yvonne Weldon as the current Deputy Chairperson of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, the first elected Aboriginal councillor for the City of Sydney, and a r…

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Women I Know by Katerina Gibson

I was incredibly excited and not at all surprised to learn that Melbourne author Katerina Gibson would be releasing their debut book, Women I Know, this year. Their work has appeared in literary jour…

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Musa Italiana: Orchestral Works

This album takes the idea of fusion to a more heightened ideal, with all the works written by Austro-German composers in the ‘Italian style’. What does this mean you might ask? It means works by comp…

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Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh

It is always a thrill opening a new book by Ottessa Moshfegh. You never know what you’re going to get. The only certainty is that it’ll be unlike anything else you’ve ever read before. Her previous n…

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