Guest review: Gabriel Ng on Various Pets Alive and Dead by Marina Lewycka

Fig Tree (Penguin) 9781905490912 March 2012 (buy paperback) review by Gabriel Ng The title of Various Pets Alive and Dead might make you think it involves lots of cute animal stories and some kind of furry genocide. Instead, it’s a very political novel about the global financial crisis and the failure of the leftist ideals, … Continue reading Guest review: Gabriel Ng on Various Pets Alive and Dead by Marina Lewycka

Ink, dust & darkness: Magpie Hall by Rachael King

Vintage (New Zealand, 2010/Kindle) 9781869792886 Rosemary, a vintage-dress-wearing tattooed taxidermist, decides to spend some time in her family’s run-down old manor Magpie Hall –  to work on her gothic literature thesis and simultaneously escape an affair with her supervisor. But there are plenty of distractions at Magpie Hall: memories of her recently deceased grandfather, her … Continue reading Ink, dust & darkness: Magpie Hall by Rachael King

In the end we all fade to black: a ‘responsive’ interview with Kathy Charles, author of Hollywood Ending

Kathy Charles' debut novel Hollywood Ending was recently released in Australia by Text Publishing (John Belushi Is Dead, MTV Books, US). In my review for the October issue of Australian Book Review I said: 'Kathy Charles creates a world both familiar and strange ... Despite being highly, if darkly, entertaining, the book hints at deeper issues, such … Continue reading In the end we all fade to black: a ‘responsive’ interview with Kathy Charles, author of Hollywood Ending