Monthly Archives: June 2011

Anna Karenina – or the too-busy-editing-to-blog post

I was planning to write about Homer’s Odyssey next, but I’m tied up copyediting my new book, so I thought I’d try some Friday afternoon bookish diversion by adding a couple of links instead. The first is to a First … Continue reading

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If at first an idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it. Albert Einstein

What could be more appropriate for a Friday afternoon than mathematics? In particular, Einstein’s Heroes: Imagining the world through the language of mathematics (2003), the brilliant first book of Australian mathematician and writer Robyn Arianrhod. Here’s part of a review I wrote … Continue reading

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The Life by Malcolm Knox

Last night Christos Tsiolkas launched Malcolm Knox’s wonderful new novel The Life – about a washed up former surfing champion, the legendary Dennis Keith. Christos paid tribute to Malcolm as the Australian writer who challenges him to be a better … Continue reading

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The Iliad: War, four rapes and a beauty pageant

‘those who can see that force, today as in the past, is at the center of all human history, find in the Iliad its most beautiful, its purest mirror’, Simone Weil, 1939 As I’ve mentioned, I’m going to be blogging … Continue reading

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Too Close to Home

Last night at Gleebooks I heard the prolific writer Georgia Blain speak about her new novel Too Close to Home with the writer Charlotte Wood. Their conversation felt so urgent that I can’t wait to read the novel that prompted … Continue reading

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