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Derek B. Miller. The Girl in Green. London: Scribe Publications, 2016. ISBN 9781925106954 Reviewer: Amy McKavanagh Derek B. Miller’s second novel The Girl in Green (2016) explores in depth the ramifications of war and torture on people, and how death creates bonds between strangers. The novel, a fictional thriller, is inspired by the events that occurred during the wars in Iraq. However, The Girl in Green is more concerned with the relationships between people (whether it be friends, strangers, lovers, or family members) and...read more
Allison Craven. Finding Queensland in Australian Cinema. London: Anthem Press, 2016. ISBN 9781783085491 Reviewer: Damien Lawardorn Finding Queensland in Australian Cinema (Finding Queensland) provides an engaging starting point for the exploration of the perpetually shifting sands of representation in film. Taking backtracking—the revisitation of places and ideas through the lens of experience—as a central theme, Allison Craven examines the history of the Australian state of Queensland as both a production site and diegetic...read more
Elizabeth J. Church. The Atomic Weight of Love. London: Harper Collins, 2016. ISBN 9780008209308 Reviewer: Madelain Benedetti Sacrifices. We have all made them: for our families, friends, lovers and partners. The Atomic Weight of Love, the first novel by Elizabeth J. Church, represents the ultimate example of the sacrifices people make for the ones they love. Church tells an age old tale of being torn between remaining the person you are at heart, and who society expects you to be. As I sit and listen to the melodic airs of...read more
Amra Palalic and Demet Divaroren (editors), Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia. Allen and Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781743312926 Reviewer: Sandi Robb The irony of the 10th ‘anniversary’ of the 2005 Cronulla Riots did not escape me when I read Coming of Age:Growing up Muslim in Australia, a series of short, personal essays skillfully pulled together and edited by Amra Palalic and Demet Divaroren, and packaged into an easy-to-read 190 page paperback. As I watch the newsfeed coverage of the historic riots, juxtaposed with...read more
T.G.H. Strehlow, Journey to Horseshoe Bend. Artarmon: Giramondo Classic Reprints, 2015. ISBN 9781922146779 Reviewer: Greg Manning Journey to Horseshoe Bend is a memoir of boyhood in which no names have been changed to protect anyone; it is a work of non-fiction. At the same time, its core story bears all the hallmarks of epic, in the deepest sense. Had its story been presented as fiction, it would have demanded a place among the quests of archetype: of the father into death, of the explorer into oblivion, and of the son into his...read more
Clark, Michael D., Trent Hergenrader, and Joseph Rein. Creative Writing in the Digital Age: Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. Print. ISBN: 1472574079 Reviewer: Jarryd Luke Incorporating digital media into creative writing classes is both an exciting and daunting concept for many teachers. Researchers have pointed to the increasing demand for such courses as definitions of what can be considered ‘creative writing’ continue to expand beyond the page. However there are still...read more
Ross Coulthart. Charles Bean. Australia: Harper Collins, 2015. ISBN: 9780732297879 Reviewer: Peter Leete When my wife and I first moved to New Zealand, and subsequently Australia, from the UK, I found it really hard to understand the intense focus on the Gallipoli campaign. I liked to think of myself as pretty well read when it came to military history. The failed Gallipoli campaign had always been to many in Britain a small side campaign that merely proved the old adage of ‘lions led by donkey’. Indeed, on the scale of death,...read more