This is a small book, only 104 pages. Margo Lanagan’s writing is so good that the length of the book is totally irrelevant. The stories in this book are well selected with an eye towards saying so much so concisely. Although, when I say ‘selected’, that might be a misnomer ...

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As I often am, I’m a little late to this reading party. It was in some boxes of books I was given from a deceased estate, although I suspect the person giving them to me had emptied their house of books as well and this one came from their children. ...

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This book is brilliant. It explains what Parallel Importation Rules are and details why need to keep them as they are. It also talks about the copyright rules and why we need to have copyright extend beyond the author’s death. I scribbled a few words about Parallel Importation Rules (PIR) ...

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I’ve been a little slack with writing over the last few months. I’m part of a writing group and we meet online every two weeks to catch up and discuss each other’s writing. When I say ‘discuss’ I really mean ‘pull it apart and give each other ideas on how ...

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Last week was an interesting week and the last thing on my mind was writing my blog. It was Friday before I realised I’d been remiss. I’m not sharing the reasons in public but they took a lot of my time. Today I’m sharing yet another text from uni. Julia ...

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Killing Kitchener is the sequel to A Fatal Tide. I was reading a pdf and noted a few typos which do not detract from the fact that Sailah’s writing has improved in this second book. Killing Kitchener goes further into the story of Thomas and Snow. We see how mateship was ...

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My Brother Jack is one of the most important books about the Australian depression in the 1930s that I’ve read. It shows it as it must really have been. And then there are the sequels. Clean Straw for Nothing and A Cartload of Clay. I’ve done my usual and read ...

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I’m familiar with Jon Faine having heard him on the radio for many years. He’s livened up my morning countless times and I’ve also ignored him as I powered through whatever needed powering through. I’ve also met him on one occasion. When I picked up this book I wasn’t certain ...

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This is one of those books that are so beautifully crafted I completely forgot that I was meant to be reading it for uni. I won’t say I loved it as that would be giving it away completely. About a young boy in Russia who ends up being brought up ...

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Yes, another book I studied at uni, this line is getting repetitive but the books aren’t. Only the Animals is an anthology written by Ceridwen Dovey. What she’s done reminds me very much of what I used to do with Mondayitis, the biggest difference is that Dovey’s work is ever ...

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Yes, another book I studied for uni. This one is challenging to read but well worth it. Written by an Indigenous lady who has a more of a handle on allegory, symbolism than I ever will and what is likely to happen to both the Indigenous and the world if ...

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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 Here’s Luck by ...

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