Grand Days by Frank Moorhouse

Here’s a little anecdote … Frank Moorhouse and his girlfriend were lying naked in their back garden drinking wine and soaking up sunshine when the writer threw aside the book he’d been reading and exclaimed: ‘My God. Oh my God. Copyright is the key to all understanding. If you understand copyright theory, you understand the… Continue reading Grand Days by Frank Moorhouse

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

The writing is luscious, and sometimes you need to re-read aloud a line, a paragraph, just to wallow in the words, to delight in the feel of them in your mouth; and since we read for pleasure – like we listen to music – there’s no need to engage the memory, this is a book for reading again.… Continue reading The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

Gulliver’s Travels (working title) by Michael K Freundt. A work in progress.

After sex years I’ve finally finished the first draft. I’m letting it rest for a while. Here is the Prelude and the first three chapters … a teaser. Prelude If you ask a family member – of any family – if they are happy, they would invariably pause, not wanting to simply say “yes”, and… Continue reading Gulliver’s Travels (working title) by Michael K Freundt. A work in progress.

Life & Times of Michael K by J M Coetzee

J. M. Coetzee won the Booker Prize twice: for Life & Times of Michael K in 1983, and for Disgrace in 1999. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003. Life & Times of Michael K is a short novel in three untitled chapters: a long one, a short one, and an even shorter… Continue reading Life & Times of Michael K by J M Coetzee

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

Every tone of voice, every possible meaning of words spoken, every possible meaning of words unspoken, the way they dress, walk, cry, smile, serve the pasta, look, and stand; all are analysed by Elena, the first-person narrator, in her attempt to understand what’s going on. It’s a Brugel-esque landscape of feelings colouring the lives of the Neapolitan working class in the 1960s and all seen through the eyes of Elena Greco  -“always fearful, always subordinate, always pleasingly willing”, the unmarried, bookish one with glasses.… Continue reading The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

Cold Light by Frank Moorhouse

The most remarkable thing about Cold Light, the last in the Edith Trilogy (Grand Days 1993, Dark Palace 2000, Cold Light 2011), and indeed the trilogy itself, is the woman, Edith Campbell Berry. She is the type of woman who, while working at the League of Nations in Geneva in the 1920s and visiting a… Continue reading Cold Light by Frank Moorhouse

The Long Prospect by Elizabeth Harrower. 

  I am ashamed to admit that it took an American literary critic, James Wood, in a long, detailed, and inclusive article in The New Yorker dated October 20 2014 to inform me of an Australian writer who is not only still alive, but has always lived in Sydney in a suburb next to a… Continue reading The Long Prospect by Elizabeth Harrower.