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Category Archives: non-fiction


A Bride Stripped Bare: A writer gets naked on the path from novel to memoir

You can find my book in the nonfiction section of the bookstore. I can’t deny it. It’s even me on the cover. And it is me, talking on radio and writing in women’s magazines about open marriages, non-monogamy, and how religion can fuck up your sexuality. People are calling me ‘brave’, but I’m not sure it’s a compliment. I feel so naked. How did this happen? Read more »

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 »

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

Hamlet’s Blackberry is a meditation on the phenomenon of connectivity by media and technology journalist William Powers. Using his own personal experience with technology, Powers asks, at what cost do we surround ourselves with this maddening crowd of screens? 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 »

War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern Times by Linda Polman [review]

War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern Times Linda Polman ISBN: 9780670918966 RRP: $32.95 First, a little story. In 1854 Florence Nightingale responded to a request from the British War office for volunteers to help care for sick and wounded soldiers from the Crimean … Read more »