July 19, 2015

Makaro Press Annabel Hawkins (words) Alice Clifford (design) In a dimly lit Meow, with her glasses donned, Annabel Hawkins recites, between giggles, amid banter with the audience, a selection of poems from her debut collection This Must Be the Place. Hawkins adopts a wry smile and convinces the audience that she’s just “Jenny from the […]

July 12, 2015

Conceived during a drive home after a night out, Fergus Barrowman announced to his audience of Elizabeth Knox and Damien Wilkins (his then sober driver) as they rounded the Basin Reserve, that he wanted to do a literary magazine—and the name would be Sport. 1988 seemed to be the right time—the literary scene was slowing […]

June 1, 2015

Whether you regard them as an essential component of your library, or merely a trendy hipster staple, Penguin paperbacks—especially in their ubiquitous orange form—are an integral part of the reading experience. This year marks 80 years since the very first Penguin paperbacks were published. Allen Lane, of the publishing company Bodley Head, founded Penguin Books […]

May 24, 2015

In terms of a linear narrative I can only offer you this: on Saturday, I had acquired enough of a quiet accord with David Mitchell (either “Not that David Mitchell!” or “Yes, that David Mitchell!” depending on how you prefer to spend your free time) that he offered me a “sup” nod of recognition when […]

May 17, 2015

Gecko Press is doing a wonderful job—selecting only a few works to publish each year allows their focus to fall to seriously good books. The Travels of an Extraordinary Hamster is one of the first kid’s books to make me genuinely laugh out loud. It swings from sincere sweet moments, to quirky jokes, at a […]

May 17, 2015

Within the confines of the strikingly minimalistic book covers of Faber & Faber lives Riviere’s ultra relevant display of society’s ephemeral artifice. Love her or (more likely) hate her, Kim Kardashian is a cornerstone for all things now. With her own book recently released, in the form of a faux-art book, she represents, in so […]

May 11, 2015

This is an age in which insert sweeping generalisation has changed the way we live. It is also an age where sweeping generalisations and statements can seem really daunting and distilling. What I know for shit sure is that, for whatever reason, I regularly get anxious and feel overwhelmed, and I know I am not […]

May 3, 2015

Non-Fiction Heretic by Ayaan Hirsi HarperCollins From the author of bestselling Infidel and Nomad comes another polemic. Forgoing the autobiographical premise of her first two books, which shared her stories of physical abuse and faith in Islam, Ayaan Hirsi here sheds the private voice, and while critiquing the Islamic religion, promotes and suggests the changes […]

April 27, 2015

After finishing We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, it occurred to me that no matter what book I started next, nothing would come close to this. I finished this book in tears; it stays with you, and it gets under your skin. It renders following books meagre in its shadow. Fowler has crafted a novel […]