2017 – the river sings – sandra leigh price

I mentioned in my previous post that I’d had a bit of a reading slump – here’s the book that snapped me back out of it: The River Sings. I reviewed this book for Newtown Review of Books and had a lot of nice things to say, including… [The River Sings] is sprightly and elaborate … Continue reading “2017 – the river sings – sandra leigh price”

2017 – the crying place – lia hills

The Crying Place is Lia Hills’s second novel, and it moves at an unhurried yet insistent pace, like looking into the distance from the window of a fast-moving car. It’s been a while. Jean and Linda at Newtown Review of Books – literally the kindest editors and most patient people in the world – let … Continue reading “2017 – the crying place – lia hills”

it might be over soon – some (typically last-minute) thoughts on 2016

Even though it’s pretty much The Done Thing to give 2016 a good kicking – pass me my pointiest boots, because I’m joining in. I know I sound melodramatic, but seriously, this year. It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m still staggering around, still trying to swing a few more feeble, sweaty punches at 2016. But … Continue reading “it might be over soon – some (typically last-minute) thoughts on 2016”

2016 – oliver of the levant – debra jopson

I photographed my neighbourhood, where fresh concrete walls climbed skyward, leaving crumbs of soil around their edges, as if they were plants pushing up out of the weeds. I knew every speck of view from seven floors up. If I pressed my nose against my bedroom window, I could follow the bony backs of cats … Continue reading “2016 – oliver of the levant – debra jopson”