Review: A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey

Peter Carey is perhaps Australia’s most popular and accomplished author. A Long Way from Home is his fourteenth novel and is notable for being the first time Carey is explicitly addressing his cultural and national colonial inheritance. And in his own words, it’s about time: “You wake up in the morning and you are the beneficiary of a genocide […] I’m an Australian author and I haven’t written about this? Well, that just seems pathetic to me.”

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Review: Winter by Ali Smith

“God was dead: to begin with,” proclaims Ali Smith at the beginning of Winter, the second book in her seasonal quartet of novels. Alluding to the opening of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, she provides a list of what else is dead: romance, chivalry, poetry, the novel, theatre, jazz, history, democracy, fascism, feminism, religion, the internet, death; all dead. 

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