Mystery, strangeness and coming-of-age: an interview with Christopher Currie, author of The Ottoman Motel

  Text Publishing, May 2011, 9781921758164 (Aus, US, UK) The parents of a young boy disappear in a small, strange town called Reception, in Christopher Currie's atmospheric debut novel The Ottoman Motel. The townfolk don't seem to be trying too hard to find Simon's parents, and it isn't the first disappearance in the area. Currie's debut … Continue reading Mystery, strangeness and coming-of-age: an interview with Christopher Currie, author of The Ottoman Motel

Investing in rainbows: Lisa Lang’s Utopian Man

Utopian Man Lisa Lang Allen & Unwin 9781742373348 2010 (Australia) Edward Cole was the forward-thinking, optimistic and eccentric founder of Cole’s Book Arcade – a utopian hive of 1880’s Melbourne. In the Arcade was stacked all manner of books (which were able to be perused on in-store lounges), pamphlets (including challenging, self-published explorations by Cole), and eventually, … Continue reading Investing in rainbows: Lisa Lang’s Utopian Man

I Dream of Magda by Stefan Laszczuk

Allen & Unwin, August 2008, 9781741755015 (Aus, US/Kindle) A version of this review was first published in the July 2008 issue of BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER magazine (c) 2008 Thorpe-Bowker (a division of RR Bowker LLC). George’s life consists of working in a bowling alley, staring wistfully at the tree where he and his ex shared their first … Continue reading I Dream of Magda by Stefan Laszczuk