Paratalk or torque?

My new column, with a title that somehow makes sense. From now on until I stop I will be examining a paragraph in whatever detail I choose. This is also a good time for guests to pop in and do their own paragraph. Today’s paragraph is from a book I took from my shelf with […]

The Swan Book – Alexis Wright

The Swan Book – Alexis Wright

The Swan Book by Alexis Wright on 2013 Pages: 354 Goodreads The Swan Book is set in the future, with Aboriginals still living under the Intervention in the north, in an environment fundamentally altered by climate change. It follows the life of a mute young woman called Oblivia, the victim of gang-rape by petrol-sniffing youths, […]

Book Now, Bendigo

Last October we took a brief visit to Bendigo. Naturally I insisted on looking at the bookshops available. We found two of them, one pre-loved and the other a Dymocks. This is the one choco-a-block with pre-loved books. This first photo is the outside of the shop. You can see it’s a lovely building and […]

Paratalk or torque?

My new column, with a title that somehow makes sense. From now on until I stop I will be examining a paragraph in whatever detail I choose. This is also a good time for guests to pop in and do their own paragraph. Today’s paragraph comes from a play. It’s a very special play as […]

Paratalk or torque?

My new column, with a title that somehow makes sense. From now on until I stop I will be examining a paragraph in whatever detail I choose. This is also a good time for guests to pop in and do their own paragraph. Today I’m looking at a paragraph from National Velvet by Enid Bagnold. […]

The Spider Goddess – Tara Moss

The Spider Goddess (Pandora English, #2) by Tara Moss on January 1st 1970 Pages: 324 Goodreads It’s been two months since Pandora English left her small hometown to live with her mysterious great-aunt in a haunted mansion in Spektor – the fog-wreathed suburb of Manhattan that doesn’t appear on any map. With the help of […]

Zeitoun – Dave Eggers

Zeitoun – Dave Eggers

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers Published by Penguin on February 24th 2011 Pages: 349 Goodreads Dave Eggers’s Zeitoun is the winner of the American Book Award and the LA Times Book Award In August 2005, as Hurricane Katrina blew in, the city of New Orleans has been abandoned by most citizens. But resident Abdulrahman Zeitoun, though […]

Paratalk or torque?

My new column, with a title that somehow makes sense. From now on until I stop I will be examining a paragraph in whatever detail I choose. This is also a good time for guests to pop in and do their own paragraph. Today I’m looking at a paragraph from Growing Up Brady by Barry […]

Always Looking Up – Michael J. Fox

Always Looking Up – Michael J. Fox

Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox Published by Ebury Press on March 18th 2010 Pages: 288 Goodreads ‘At the turn from our bedroom into the hallway, there is an old full-length mirror in a wooden frame … This reflected version of myself, shaking, rumpled, pinched and slightly stooped, would be alarming were it not […]

Paratalk or torque?

My new column, with a title that somehow makes sense. From now on until I stop I will be examining a paragraph in whatever detail I choose. This is also a good time for guests to pop in and do their own paragraph. Today’s paragraph is coming from a location that I’ll reveal in my […]