Tag: Atlantic Books

Lot by Bryan Washington

This book quite literally blew me away, knocked the wind out of my lungs and had me crawling amongst my tattered dreams of wanting to be a writer – because, you see, Bryan Washington is the writer I want to be. Washington delivers a beguiling collection of intimate portraits of the lost and silenced voices

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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: Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg

The Novel, most often, is a simple entity. It’s job, by-and-by, is to be read. It runs from left to right and front to back and tells you what it wants to be known; quite often it runs chronologically and even more often there are only a small number of characters that you need to

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BOOK REVIEW: America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

What is it exactly that makes a good character? Everyone seems to have an opinion. Plot is not the point, didn’t you know? It’s character. Or, if you want to be pernickety like Hemmingway, you could say ‘that when writing a novel, the writer should create living people, people not characters.’ Ah people, well that

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