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Editors’ picks for February: The Rosie Project, Girls Soundtrack Vol. 1, and Quiet

  The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion — Imogen Kandel, Online Editor I often try to convince myself that I dislike romance novels – it’s a strict diet of David Foster Wallace and Camus for me, thank you very much. But I do suffer from the occasional … Read more »

Cloud hopping

David Mitchell’s Booker-shortlisted 2004 novel Cloud Atlas is one of my all-time favourite books; it’s also a novel that tends to divide people. When I forced my book club to read it back in 2009, the response (to my everlasting heartbreak) was universally negative. Earlier this year, … Read more »

Life’s Unfamiliarity

Much of modern art aims – ad nauseam, in many cases – to uncover the intrinsic oddness of seemingly everyday experiences. Thomas Demand’s latest exhibition conforms to this template. Many of the photographs in his NGV exhibition depict superficially ‘normal’ scenes, which become more unsettling with each … Read more »

Little Prince, big performance: a message from the cheap seats

For a long time I wasn’t sure that I was a stadium show person. I often found myself let down by costly international acts and blockbusters at Rod Laver Arena, attending shows by definitive artists more for the sense of ‘being there’ than for enjoying their exhausted … Read more »

Killings reviews featured at NSW Writers’ Centre blog

This year, the NSW Writers’ Centre blog is running a fantastic project called ‘Year of Writing 2012: 366 Days of Writing’, to coincide with the National Year of Reading 2012 ( The blog is featuring a review a day for each day of the year, about an … Read more »

The Room of One’s Own You Don’t Want: Emma Donoghue’s Room

Emma Donoghue, Room, Picador, 9780330519014, $32.99 Only a few days after the Fritzl family had been discovered in their dungeon in Austria, the concept for Room came to Irish-Canadian writer Emma Donoghue: mother and son held prisoner in a cork-lined, purpose-built garden shed, told from the point … Read more »

Possibility and powerlessness: Andrew Porter’s The Theory of Light and Matter [review]

Thanks to our friends at Text Publishing, we have two copies of Andrew Porter’s The Theory of Light and Matter to give away. Details will appear in our April newsletter, which you can join here. The Theory of Light and Matter Andrew Porter Text Publishing RRP: $27.95 … Read more »

‘Fresh and entertaining, featuring witty and enthusiastic new voices’: review in The Independent Weekly

‘Samantha Bond has reviewed issue one of Kill Your Darlings for The Independent Weekly. You can read why she thinks it ‘lives up to its editorial hype’ here.

Full text of selected Issue One content available online now: Kalinda Ashton, Clementine Ford, Anthony Morris

Kill Your Darlings contains, inter alia, amazing fiction, commentary and reviews. In the spirit of sharing the love, we have selected as full-text offerings some of the fine words put to paper by our Issue One contributors. For your reading pleasure: Finding Out by Kalinda Ashton Love in … Read more »