Category Archives: Novels, poetry, book news

From economics + accounting + ‘saving the planet’ to poetry and novels: a little monkishness till November

This weekend I’ll be at the Women of the World Festival in Brisbane, which looks fantastic. I’m speaking on Sunday morning in a session called Mother Earth: Women Saving the Planet with four amazing women: Senator Larissa Waters; sustainable farmer … Continue reading

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‘Writing the world back into existence’: Helen Macdonald and ‘H is for Hawk’ at the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2015

Yesterday on a perfect autumn afternoon I was at the Sydney Writers’ Festival to hear Helen Macdonald talk about her extraordinary book H is for Hawk. I can’t remember the last time I was so excited to hear a writer … Continue reading

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‘Wild things are made from human histories’: Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk – and the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2015

Last night I finished reading (reading? devouring!) Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk. It is just 283 pages long, including a brief postscript, and yet it contains multitudes; it is capacious as life: dense and rich like a poem. Macdonald … Continue reading

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Fishermen – and the Adelaide Writers’ Week 2015

I’m slowly making my way back into the daylight world after some travels through the underworld. As it happens, I’ve been reading Alexis Wright’s astonishing novel Carpentaria for about the fourth time, which is exactly the book to be reading at … Continue reading

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Women in Love – a work of very great genius OR insufferable, tedious, impenetrable, so bloody difficult?

Having blogged about Women in Love yesterday I later found myself listening to its great champion – novelist and literary scholar Howard Jacobson – discuss it on the First Tuesday Book Club in 2011, along with philosopher AC Grayling and the … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Books that change your life – and novels you live

Last year I was asked to write about four books that had changed my life. Despite the hundreds of books I have read and loved, it was a strangely uncomplicated task. I scribbled down four immediately – and revised only … Continue reading

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Two big books for 2014: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty and This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein … and a poem and a memoir

The two biggest books I’ve read this year, in a year of reading dictated mostly by my work, are Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything. They are big in every way, in their thinking, their … Continue reading

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