Category: Blood and Bone
Lyricism as the Claw
A response to Hannah Lees’ comments on lyricism in literary prose.
After the End of Point-of-View
A round-up of some comments by Rachel Cusk and Jonathan Gibbs on problems with perspective in contemporary fiction.
Books Are Made Out of Books
My research notes for Blood and Bone are now online at Necessary Fiction: “The ugly fact is books are made out of books,” Cormac McCarthy once said. “The novel depends for its life on the novels that have been written.” But as well as appending those remarks to a list of his literary influences, McCarthy named the…
Blood and Bone Reviewed
Today’s Sydney Morning Herald and The Age carry a short review of Blood and Bone. Kerryn Goldsworthy, one of Australia’s best critics and winner of last year’s Pascall Prize, says that it “fulfils two objectives: shedding light on a dark past, and exploring intellectual and aesthetic problems that the writing of such a story might create.” Click here to read…
Remarks on Blood and Bone
Over at the Seizure website and on her own blog, my wonderful editor, Emily Stewart, explains why she chose to work with me on publishing Blood and Bone as one of the winners of this year’s Viva La Novella Prize: Daniel’s story stood out right from the start due to its economy and restraint. There was a confidence about…
A well-known writer of fiction in this country, once, as part of a discussion about one of his books, which could fairly be called a work of historical fiction, said or, perhaps, wrote words to the effect that he insisted on his right to imagine the past. I have often wondered at his statement. If…