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Category Archives: KYD Book Club


October Kill Your Darlings First Book Club: Omar Musa’s Here Come the Dogs

At the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club event in October, Omar Musa will discuss his path to publication and the inspiration behind his beautifully crafted novel, Here Come the Dogs. Read more »

September First Book Club: Read an excerpt from Eli Glasman’s The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew

The only two kosher flavours of Slurpee were lime and raspberry, and I liked to mix them half and half. Read more »

Just a number: The literary world’s obsession with age

I used to be obsessed about what age I would be when I had my first novel published. I’d go on the Wikipedia pages of every famous writer I could think of to check how old they were when their first book came out. Read more »

September Kill Your Darlings First Book Club: Eli Glasman’s The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew

At the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club event in September, Eli Glasman will discuss his path to publication and the inspiration behind his debut book, The Boys Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew. Read more »

July’s First Book Club: Notes on Jock Serong’s Quota

Ahead of this Wednesday’s First Book Club, Carody Culver reviews Jock Serong’s gripping legal drama Quota. Read more »

July Kill Your Darlings First Book Club: Jock Serong’s Quota

At the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club event in July, Jock Serong will discuss his path to publication and the inspiration behind his debut book, a mystery novel set in a remote coastal town. Read more »

July First Book Club: Read an excerpt from Jock Serong’s Quota

At the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club event in July, Jock Serong will discuss the inspiration behind his debut novel, Quota, a mystery novel set in a remote coastal town. Read an excerpt from this atmospheric and intriguing book. Read more »

June First Book Club: Read an excerpt from Emily Bitto’s The Strays

I once read that the heart’s magnetic field radiates up to five metres from the body, so that whenever we are within this range of another person our hearts are interacting. The body’s silent communications with other bodies are unmapped and mysterious, a linguistics of scent, colour, flushes of heat, the dilating of a pupil. Read more »

June Kill Your Darlings First Book Club: Emily Bitto’s The Strays

At the Kill Your Darlings First Book Club event in June, Emily Bitto will discuss her path to publication and the inspiration behind her debut novel, which tells the story of a group of progressive artists in 1930s Melbourne, seen through the eyes of a young girl. Read more »

May’s KYD First Book Club: Notes on Maxine Beneba Clarke’s Foreign Soil

When it was announced that Maxine Beneba Clarke was the winner of the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript at last year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival, jubilation hung in the air. Her face glowed with relief; public recognition had obviously been a long time coming for the Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Read more »