Category: Arts & Culture

Normal People by Sally Rooney

I can’t remember the first moment Sally Rooney came onto my radar. One minute, I knew nothing about her. The next, I was hearing her name everywhere. As soon as I picked up Normal People, I realised Rooney was the author I didn’t know I needed. If she isn’t yet on your radar, she should

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BOOK REVIEW: The Penguin Book Of The Contemporary British Short Story edited by Philip Hensher

As fans and stalwarts of the short story – I have to say that it was an absolute pleasure to get to review this sublime collection from Penguin – ‘The Penguin Book of The Contemporary British Short Story‘. From the outset you get the feeling that this is a special book, the copy I had

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ARTICLE: A Fantasy Threesome by Joseph Surtees

And now our watch has ended… Yes, Game of Thrones, the TV series, has come to an end. They’ll be no more dragons, white walkers or gratuitous nudity on our screens for a while. Well, at least two of these anyway. You’re probably already suffering withdrawal symptoms. Soon all that will remain is the memory

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BOOK REVIEW: Find Momo Across Europe by Andrew Knapp

This little book is perfect for sitting on a small coffee table. The photography is so beautiful you could just sit for an age flicking through the pages. Find Momo Across Europe is a lovely photographic journey across the Mediteranean, Europe and Britain. If anyone has visited any of these places you will recognise them

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BOOK REVIEW: Ruin’s Wake by Patrick Edwards

‘Ruin’s Wake imagines a world ruled by a totalitarian government, where history has been erased and individual identity is replaced by the machinations of the state. As the characters try to save what they hold most dear – in one case a dying son, in the other secret love – their fates converge to a

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BOOK REVIEW: Flames by Robbie Arnott

When it comes to the canon of literature, Australian writers do not get nearly enough credit. This review is my effort to change that. For Tasmanian author Robbie Arnott’s Flames is an ambitious and powerful example of magical realism, in which the author explores the nature of grief and family bonds in ways they have

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BOOK REVIEW: Sanitarium Issue #1 by Various

Sanitarium is a new magazine of horror that published its first issue earlier this year. It was established by Caitlin Marceau and Ian Sputnik and is not to be confused the longer-running anthology series of the same name. This issue, which showcases a diverse collection of writing from some phenomenal authors at the top of

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NON-FICTION: Madness and Massacre; Chinese miners on the Victorian Goldfields by James Aitchison

Gold brings out the worst in humans, and nowhere more so than on the goldfields themselves.  In 1857, far from the prying eyes of the colonial government, European miners slaughtered their Chinese counterparts, destroyed their homes, stores, temple and equipment, and largely escaped justice.  Meanwhile, incarceration in barbaric mental asylums awaited other Chinese miners who

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FICTION: Star Crossed ’95 by Andrew Leach

Ed Cramer says so you think twenty million sounds about right? The man on the other end of the phone says should be, yeah. Ed whistles through his teeth. Nice, he says. Put it this way, the other man says. They’ve already come up with sixteen point five. Ed doesn’t want to say that will

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Excelsior! Marvel’s S.T.A.T.I.O.N. in London at Excel

Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. opens in London at Excel London on 29th November 2018, following a hugely successful run in New York, Seoul, Paris, Singapore, Beijing, Taipei and Las Vegas, where it has set up a permanent exhibition. This highly anticipated multi-room experience offers fans of all ages the opportunity to delve into the super-workings and backstory

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