Books

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Night Blue, by Angela O’Keeffe

Night Blue, by Angela O’Keeffe

If you’re about my age, you’ll remember the brouhaha* over the purchase of the Jackson...

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From a Low and Quiet Sea, by Donal Ryan

From a Low and Quiet Sea, by Donal Ryan

This stunning novel was recommended to me by Becky from Becky’s Books and it was...

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Three O’clock in the Morning, by Gianrico Carofiglio, translated by Howard Curtis

Three O’clock in the Morning, by Gianrico Carofiglio, translated...

To be honest, as I always try to be here, I don’t know what the fuss is about this...

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Love Objects, by Emily Maguire

Love Objects, by Emily Maguire

Emily Maguire is one of Australia’s most dynamic writers: she tackles difficult...

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Becoming a Bird, by Stephanie Radok

Becoming a Bird, by Stephanie Radok

It has taken over a whole week to read this short book because the author kept tempting...

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Maestro, by Peter Goldsworthy

Maestro, by Peter Goldsworthy

Peter Goldsworthy AM is the acclaimed author of eight novels, including most recently...

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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, by Brian Moore

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, by Brian Moore

I’m over a week late with this review of The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne for...

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Pietà, by Michael Fitzgerald

Pietà, by Michael Fitzgerald

After a run of disappointing books, none of which made it much past the first 50...

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The Watermelon Boys, by Ruqaya Izzidien

The Watermelon Boys, by Ruqaya Izzidien

The review of The Watermelon Boys in the Asian Review of Books was intriguing: a...

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‘The New World’, by Esther Singer Kreitman, translated by Barbara Harshav, in Found Treasures, Stories by Yiddish Women Writers, Edited by Frieda Forman et al

‘The New World’, by Esther Singer Kreitman, translated...

Although I enjoy adventures in translated literature, I’ve read very few Yiddish...

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Murmurations, by Carol Lefevre

Murmurations, by Carol Lefevre

Murmurations came my way when it was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary...

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Land of Big Numbers, by Te-Ping Chen

Land of Big Numbers, by Te-Ping Chen

The authorship of Land of Big Numbers is not what I expected. It was my mistake:...

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As Swallows Fly, by L.P. McMahon

As Swallows Fly, by L.P. McMahon

It was serendipity at the library that led me to this debut novel… that, and blurbs...

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Meet the LARB China Channel Team, Part 6 — A Q&A With Advising Editor Jason Y. Ng

Meet the LARB China Channel Team, Part 6 — A Q&A With Advising...

This interview, like the previous one in this series with Eileen Cheng-yin Chow,...

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Sunset for a Blog and a Double Birthday

Sunset for a Blog and a Double Birthday

For several years, I’ve had the pleasure of co-editing this China Blog at BLARB,...

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Meet the LARB China Channel Team, Part 7 — A Q&A With Academic Editor Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Meet the LARB China Channel Team, Part 7 — A Q&A With Academic...

This interview with Jeffrey Wasserstrom, academic editor of the new LARB China Channel...