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Category Archives: non-fiction


Charmless lives: Helen Garner’s This House of Grief and Erik Jensen’s Acute Misfortune

How do narrative non-fiction writers who dare to dissect the darker aspects of humanity keep their readers engaged, rather than simply horrified? Read more »

Everybody hurts: Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams

There’s a difference between identifying someone’s malady – or lack thereof – and understanding their experience of it. To what extent can we truly imagine being in another person’s skin? Read more »

Sympathy for the devil: Helen Garner on This House of Grief

Helen Garner’s desire to identify and dissect the worst of human nature has always provoked passionate debate and, often, criticism. This same urge drives her new book, This House of Grief. Read more »

Issue Ten Teaser: Gideon Haigh’s ‘“You must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll go on”: Falling In and Out of Love with The Office

For our first teaser from KYD No.10, Gideon Haigh reflects on trials, tribulations and triumphs of his relationship with his recent book The Office. If this teaser leaves you wanting more, you can find the full text of this essay and more on our website in the … Read more »

Podcast: Michael Sala’s family affairs

Truth is often relative, and in no context is it more so – pardon the pun – than when considering family relationships. In the first Kill Your Darlings podcast for 2012, we speak to Michael Sala, author of The Last Thread – a work of fiction that … Read more »

History in the service of fiction: Anna Funder’s All That I Am

The first thing I did after finishing Anna Funder’s debut novel All That I Am was to order a copy of Ernst Toller’s autobiography I Was a German. Toller features as a ‘character’ in Funder’s much anticipated book. We meet him holed up in a New York … Read more »

Peering into the Lives of Others: The Life You Chose and That Chose You: The 25th UTS Writers’ Anthology

The talent pool at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is clearly impressive – a student editorial committee has chosen from more than 300 submissions to deliver a tight and scorchingly successful collection of just 35 short stories, poems, and script-writing and non-fiction pieces. No doubt the … Read more »

Summer Reading: The Donald Friend Diaries – Chronicles and Confessions of an Australian Artist (ed. Ian Britain)

  For a man who is known principally as a visual artist, Donald Friend’s written work has received extraordinary praise. In the foreword to Text’s 2010 edition of Friend’s diaries, Barry Humphries brands the work ‘among the most evocative and amusing writings in all of Australian literature’. … Read more »

The art of disconnecting: William Powers’ Hamlet’s Blackberry [review]

My dad was the first person I knew to get a mobile phone. I remember when he first brought it home from work and my older sister and I marvelled over it, dreaming of the day we too would own a mobile phone. He hated it. He … Read more »

Globish: How the English Language Became the World’s Language / Robert McCrum [review]

ISBN: 9780670918874 RRP: $32.95 Publisher: Penguin If you were to read the title, jacket blurb or publicity material for Robert McCrum’s new book you could be excused for assuming that it dealt largely with a modern phenomenon. ‘Globish’ or Global English is, after all, a relatively modish … Read more »