joseph-cummins

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The 25 best Australian books of 2021: Helen Garner, Alice Pung, Tony Birch and more
Experimental elegies, portraits of resilience and political manifestos: 25 of the best reads of the year as picked by Guardian Australia critics and staff

Lucy Clark, Susan Wyndham, Michael Williams, Steph Harmon, Fiona Wright, Paul Daley, Brigid Delaney, Beejay Silcox, Bec Kavanagh, Declan Fry, Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, Jack Callil, Zoya Patel, Bridie Jabour and Joseph Cummins

12, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Wild Place by Christian White review – ‘Satanic panic’ thriller leans on tired tropes
The Clickbait co-creator’s latest crime fiction explores moral panic and malevolent forces in small-town Australia, but is let down by crudely drawn characters

Joseph Cummins

18, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Empires by Nick Earls review – a novel plea to pay attention to chance and history
A soldier figurine unites characters across history and culture in this provocative if sometimes uneven new work of fiction from the prolific Brisbane writer

Joseph Cummins

19, Aug, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Dark as Last Night by Tony Birch review – 16 new vignettes from a master of the short story
The perspective of children is central to Birch’s stories, which meld humour and sorrow with an eye for cheeky detail

Joseph Cummins

08, Jul, 2021 @5:30 PM

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He by Murray Bail review – a meditative memoir of life in postwar Australia
Considered by many to occupy the upper echelons of Australian letters, Bail has composed a poignant, if aloof, reflection on memory itself

Joseph Cummins

01, Apr, 2021 @6:59 PM

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Max by Alex Miller review – a compelling and tender story of one man’s hidden history
The dual Miles Franklin award-winner excavates the history of one of his dearest and most mysterious friends, Holocaust survivor Max Blatt

Joseph Cummins

29, Oct, 2020 @9:45 PM

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