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BOOK REVIEW: The Jaguar by Sarah Holland-Batt
Georgia King deep dives into the emotional beast that is Sarah Holland-Batt's The Jaguar.
BOOK REVIEW: Love & Virtue by Diana Reid
Amy Thompson opens the curtain to Reid's debut, Love & Virtue, and discusses points of intersectionality that is covered in the novel's fake university.
BOOK REVIEW: An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life by Paul Dalla Rosa
Join Nick Xuereb in exploring the 'lonely, vain and desperate' lives that inhibit Paul Dalla Rosa's An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life.
BOOK REVIEW: Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh
Thomas Huntington explores all that is ruinous and gritty in Ottessa Moshfegh's Lapvona.
BOOK REVIEW: Dropbear by Evelyn Araluen
Everywhere there are fires burning. Joshua Klarica discusses Araluen's potent poems and essays in their collection: Dropbear.
BOOK REVIEW: Australiana by Yumna Kassab
Lachlan Kempson explores how Kassab's Australiana makes her audience attached to her beautiful writing style through her fragmented view of Australia.
BOOK REVIEW: Emotional Female by Yumiko Kadota
In 2019, over two years before the publication of her book Emotional Female, Yumiko Kadota wrote a blog post titled ‘The ugly side of becoming a surgeon’. It’s a piece that hurts the moment it begins, with Kadota lamenting that she must ‘surrender…[her] dream of becoming a surgeon.’
BOOK REVIEW: No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
American poet Patricia Lockwood’s debut fiction novel No One Is Talking About This discusses how we position ourselves in relation to the Internet. The novel’s protagonist is a woman who has become famous for an innocuous viral tweet—loosely inspired by Lockwood’s own participation in the forming of ‘weird Twitter’—which leads to her travelling the world, speaking as an authority on digital communication.
BOOK REVIEW: No Document by Anwen Crawford
Anwen Crawford’s No Document is many things: a letter to a lost friend; a history of art and protest; a practice of redaction and remembering; a call to action; and a lament. No Document is a text made up of fragments.