Monthly Archives: September 2011

Empire building, king Arthur and the new Troy: Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain

To continue my posts on the founding myths of the ancient European world, here’s Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regnum Britanniae (c. 1136). Compared with my post on Virgil’s much longer story of the founding of Rome, I’ve had trouble keeping … Continue reading

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Luke Davies and his interferon psalms

This life of yours is not a picture of the world. It is the world itself, and it is composed not of bone or dream or time but of worship. Cormac McCarthy, Cities of the Plain I was hoping to … Continue reading

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All that I Am by Anna Funder

‘Books like this come along once very ten years.’ Ben Ball, publisher Last night at gleebooks Penguin publisher Ben Ball launched Anna Funder’s new book and first novel All that I Am. Based on a true story, it’s about three … Continue reading

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The Stella, pub feminism and Greek goddesses

Last Friday night in Melbourne a new prize for women’s writing was officially  launched. Called the Stella Prize, it’s named after Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin. The name is a nod at the fiction prize Franklin established in her will, … Continue reading

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