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I’ll have a “Sauvignon Blank” please

I’ll have a “Sauvignon Blank” please

By Rhonda Dredge If it doesn’t bring you joy, don’t do it. This is one of the many pieces of advice that pepper Loner, the winner of the Text Publishing young adult fiction prize for 2020. The CBD-based publisher offers the prize each year along with a publishing contract.  The contract must have brought joy

The words of a true writer

By Rhonda Dredge A book that has strongly resurfaced from its 20th century cave is The Plague by Albert Camus, an account of an imaginary epidemic in the African town of Oran in Algeria.  The current popularity of this 1947 novel among Melbourne readers attests to their tough-mindedness. One bookseller told CBD News that The

Keeping it light

By Rhonda Dredge Anna MacDonald works at the Paperback Bookshop at Bourke St and she’s published a book of essays called Between the Word and the World that deals with the concept of distance. The book claims to be about walking and being-in-the-world but it is quite academic in style. Place is mostly used by

A product of the virus

By Rhonda Dredge Virus is a word on everyone’s lips, even those of three-year-olds and literary scholars, and ideas about viruses spread incredibly rapidly across the globe. First comes the fear and prejudice, then the science, then the treatment, then the experience is interpreted. We are still moving into the science stage of the COVID-19

Dodgy moves in the corporate sector

By Rhonda Dredge In pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) days, corporate culture attracted quite a degree of cynical attention from both outsiders and insiders. One commentator was novelist Elliot Perlman who began knocking economic rationalism back in 1998.  You could say that Perlman is a pioneer in the genre of the corporate novel. His first corporate novel Three

A romance about writing

By Rhonda Dredge In the novel Antidote to a Curse, the narrator meets his lover in the iconic Stalactites café in Lonsdale St. At one point there is an argument and the window shatters in a hail of glass over the main characters. James Cristina, the author, chose the setting for its “Open 24 hours”

‘City Limits’, a missed opportunity

Book review by Shane Scanlan As residents of inner-city urban renewal areas, we are generally ahead in our understanding of how big cities like Melbourne work and how they don’t work. After all, we have already made the decision to locate ourselves in the centre, ditch the car, and generally leverage the other available benefits.

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