Reading Like an Australian Writer (Paperback)

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By Belinda Castles (Editor)
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All writers begin as readers. This is an ode, a love letter, to the magic of reading. To the spark that’s set off when the reader thinks...I can do this too. Some of Australia’s top writers take us through these moments of revelation through the dog-eared pages of their favourite Australian books. Ellen van Neerven finds kin on the page with Miles Franklin-winner Tara June Winch. A.S. Patric discovers a dark mirror for our times in David Malouf’s retelling of an episode from The Iliad. Ashley Hay pens letters of appreciation and friendship to Charlotte Wood. These and many more writers come together to draw knowledge from the distinctive personal and sensory stories of this country: its thefts and losses, and its imagined futures. Australian fiction shows us what it is possible to say and, perhaps, what still needs to be said. Reading like an Australian Writer is an inspirational and heartfelt collection of essays that will enrich your reading of Australian stories and guide you in your own writing.

About the Author

Belinda Castles is the author of four novels: Bluebottle, Hannah and Emil, The River Baptists, and Falling Woman, and winner of the Australian/Vogel’s and Asher literary awards. She teaches writing at the University of Sydney.

Praise For…

‘A communal praise song to Australian literature in its many guises. I’ll be returning to these pages repeatedly.’ —Kathryn Heyman

‘Belinda Castles has produced – through canny, insightful curating – an invaluable new resource for studious writers and devoted readers alike. The essays collected within these pages not only serve to document contemporary Australian literature, they actively work to sustain its future.’ —Sam Twyford-Moore

‘This is a timely book, bringing fine and inventive reading strategies to so much significant and personally cherished writing.’ —Brenda Walker

Product Details
ISBN: 9781742236704
ISBN-10: 1742236707
Publisher: NewSouth
Publication Date: August 1st, 2021
Pages: 368
Language: English
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