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I’ve decided to stop posting here for now, and publish instead at my new website Oblong Fetish. I’ll be writing there about books, plus film, a bit of music, and a little bit of random other stuff. I’m still posting booky things at my (renamed) Instagram page. Hope to see you over at Oblong Fetish.

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Rodham, by Curtis Sittenfeld

For the difficulties the idea poses, the world American writer Curtis Sittenfeld imagines in Rodham (published by Penguin Random House, 2020), is a little different to the one we’re familiar with. At least when it comes to presidents of the United States, and Hillary Clinton, nee Rodham, the former American Senator and Secretary of State. …

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Bookmarks: Monday 30 August, 2021
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Bookmarks: Monday 30 August, 2021

Hope you had a great week last week. Mine zipped by. It was Monday, then suddenly Friday afternoon arrived, and it was time to pack up for the weekend. So here we are again, it’s Monday, time to start all over again. Currently reading Present Tense: A Schalk Lourens Mystery, by Natalie Conyer. Read the …

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Born Into This, by Adam Thompson

Born into This (published by University of Queensland Press, February 2021) is a collection of sixteen short stories, the debut work of Adam Thompson, an Indigenous author living in the Australian state of Tasmania. Set in Thompson’s home state, the stories look at the place of Indigenous, or First Nations, people in contemporary Australia, and …

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The Earth Does Not Get Fat, by Julia Prendergast book cover
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The Earth Does Not Get Fat, by Julia Prendergast

From what I can tell, the title of The Earth Does Not Get Fat (published by UWA, April 2018), the debut novel of Melbourne based Australian writer Julia Prendergast, takes its inspiration from an old poem of the same name, composed by the Ngoni people of Malawi, in Southern Africa. The poem suggests the Earth …

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Book marks 23 August 2021
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Bookmarks: Monday 23 August, 2021

Welcome to wherever you are. Let’s accentuate the positive on a Monday morning. It’s another red letter week for book lovers in the form of Children’s Book Week, which runs until Friday. Winners of the books of the year, awards recognising authors, illustrators, and publishers, have also been announced. Currently reading If I Had Your …

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The Cockroach, by Ian McEwan

Since when might a vacuum cleaner, and a cat, be enough to scare a world leader? British Prime Minister Jim Sams is terrified of both. Honestly, you think he would have bigger fish to fry. Steering his country through the then exit process from the European Union would surely be more frightening than the sight …

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Bluebottle, by Belinda Castles book cover
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Bluebottle, by Belinda Castles

What’s the average half-life of the run-of-the-mill family secret? Couple of hours? A few weeks? Until the family reunion at the next long weekend? After all, how long do secrets remain secret? But how about something a little darker, more sinister perhaps, than “average”? How long might something like that remain under wraps, before being …

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Bookmarks 16 August 2021
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Bookmarks: Monday 16 August, 2021

Here’s hoping you’re all well this week, especially if you’re in a lockdown region at the moment. Keep calm and read on seems to be the way to go at the moment. Currently reading On the side table at the moment is Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro. Forty books recommended by Elena Ferrante …

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The Eight Mountains, by Paolo Cognetti

Italian author Paolo Cognetti, a mathematics student, turned filmmaker, writes with such warmth about the Dolomites, a mountain range located in north-eastern Italy, they almost feel like a person, in his novel The Eight Mountains (published by Simon & Schuster, 2016). At the centre of the story, is Pietro, who first comes to the Alps …

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