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Category Archives: fiction


Girls, eat your hearts out

Middle class hipsters, conceptual artists and third-wave feminists have long been easy targets for mockery, so I admit that I wasn’t expecting anything too groundbreaking when I picked up Zoe Pilger’s Eat My Heart Out, a satirical romp through contemporary London that reads like a surreal mash-up of Broad City, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Less Than Zero. Read more »

Extract: Dorothy Johnston’s The Fourth Season

The Fourth Season is the fourth book in KYD contributor Dorothy Johnston’s Sandra Mahoney mystery quartet. It deals with the topical issue of who is going to win the battle for control over the seas surrounding Australia. The quartet has just been released as an ebook series … Read more »

Future Supernatural Trends

Vampires have well and truly been done. They’ve been done so much that they have glittery skin and drive sports cars and I hate it when vampires drive sports cars. Zombies are feeling pretty passé, especially when every zombie-apocalypse narrative turns into a weird voyeuristic rapey survivalist … Read more »

Fiction: Fish-Hair Woman

This extract is taken from Merlinda Bobis’ novel Fish-Hair Woman, the 2013 winner of Small Press Network’s Most Underrated Book Award. Read S.A. Jones’ recap of the awards ceremony here.  ‘Sing is the word, not scream! So take it not from the throat, children, but from lower … Read more »

Hook, line and sinker: Emily Maguire’s Fishing for Tigers

It’s hard not to be hooked by the opening lines of Emily Maguire’s Fishing for Tigers: ‘I had picked Hanoi because the airfare was cheap and I knew almost nothing about the place. The need to be swallowed up by strangeness was the closest thing to desire … Read more »

‘The deep opening and the revelation of the human heart’: an interview with Diane Williams

A.S. Patric: Jonathan Franzen has described you as a hero of the avant-garde. How do you feel about a very popular writer who has had colossal mainstream success making this statement about you and your work? Diane Williams: I am honored to have such a stirring, elegant … Read more »

Not such a bitter aftertaste: Ian McEwan’s Sweet Tooth

Long before Mulder and Scully turned the phrase ‘trust no one’ into an iconic piece of pop culture, Agent George Smiley, world-weary MI6 intelligence officer and star of several spy novels by John le Carré, was meting out this sombre advice to his peers. But what happens … Read more »

Fictional friends: ‘losing yourself’ in characters

If I’m being honest, a recent study concluding that ‘losing yourself’ in a fictional character can directly affect your behaviour is not news to me. Researchers at Ohio State University have defined the phenomenon as ‘experience-taking’. I have been experience-taking for years. As a lifelong bookworm, television … Read more »

‘Some incredible story told’: an interview with Gillian Mears

In the preamble to Foal’s Bread, there’s an exhortation: ‘Man, woman, boy or girl, when you arrive at the jacaranda tree, take a lick of your horse’s salty neck.’ Is this something you did when riding a horse? What of your own experiences on a horse did … Read more »