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Books

May 21, 2018

Each month, the Salient books team are going to review the books on the program for the Vic Books 2018 Book Club. The third book on the list is Things Fall Apart by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. Published in 1959, Things Fall Apart is regarded as one of the seminal texts in modern African literature, […]

May 14, 2018

Compiled by New Zealand’s Poet Laureate, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Best New Zealand Poems 2017 is an impressive collection that showcases the brilliance and extraordinary talent of 25 of New Zealand’s leading and emerging poets. While each poem is compelling and interesting, I have selected a few of the standout works to review. Liz Breslin’s cut-and-paste […]

May 7, 2018

Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke 5/5 Maxine Beneba Clarke’s brilliant 2014 short story collection Foreign Soil is centred around the idea of African diaspora. The stories follow a diverse range of characters as they journey through life, either interacting with or from the perspective of someone of African descent. The diversity of people and […]

April 30, 2018

For the mental health issue of Salient, I’m diverting slightly from the original format of a standard review. As a book lover, my go-to activity when I am descending head first down the deep dark black hole of sadness is to crack open a book and descend into that world instead. So here are some […]

April 16, 2018

5/5 Each month, the Salient books team are going to review the books on the program for the Vic Books 2018 Book Club. The second book on this list is the 1962 dark dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. The novel is set in England in a dystopian future and follows Alex (not […]

April 9, 2018

5/5 Te Hā Tangata: The Breath of the People is part of the Human Library, an international project that aims “to challenge prejudice and discrimination by creating relationships and connections”. With the Human Library, “the books are the people and reading is a conversation”, and Te Hā Tangata: The Breath of the People is a […]

April 9, 2018

4/5 We rarely get a look into each other’s inner worlds. Sheila Heti attempts to change this in her 2010 semi-autobiographical novel How Should a Person Be? by putting a fictionalised version of her own complicated consciousness on display. Heti combines real emails and transcribed conversations with fiction, to immerse the reader into the inner […]

March 26, 2018

2/5 Each month, the Salient books team are going to review the books on the program for the Vic Books 2018 Book Club. The books on the list have been chosen because they are ones that you might have heard of or read, but are ones that have not become household names when they perhaps […]

March 19, 2018

The first thing that draws you in about Therese Lloyd’s new collection, The Facts, is the soft, serene, and melancholic painting, Heather Straka’s Honey Trap 12, on its cover. Inside the oval border is a pale young woman with her back turned, her brown hair in a messy bun, and she is clad in only […]