Several months ago, I had the pleasure of editing a very curious and original book of absurdist microfiction, A Man Made Entirely of Bats. That book was written by the talented Patrick Lenton, a Sydney-based blogger, playwright and general comedic genius.
The book’s launch was a roaring success and to celebrate I’m attaching a link to a review, featuring excerpts from a recent Q&A session that I hosted with the author. It’s a terrific look into the author’s process. Bats is also a terrific book! So much so that it has already appeared on Readings ‘most anticipated books of 2015’ listings!
If you love to read and you love to laugh then you’ll definitely love this book!
In the year of Robin William’s death, Dead Poets Society, arguably one of the finest films of his career, turns twenty-five. Set within the stultifying walls of Welton, an elite boy’s boarding school—a place where individuality is left at the door and education is learnt by rote—Mr Keating, a former pupil of the school returns to teach English to a group of boys. His personal motto is carpe diem—seize the day! Meanwhile, his teaching style is unorthodox.
It’s immediately obvious that the stuffy school elders and well-to-do parents will not approve. As soon as inspiration begins to take hold and enrich the lives of these boys, it’s a matter of waiting to see who will step up to crush their spirits back into an acceptable shape of conformity. Cue a story about Neil and his overbearing father. When Neil’s newly found confidence sees him dare to challenge the life his father has mapped out for him, the consequences are devastating.
Despite having a storyline that we’ve seen in many different guises, Dead Poets Society is still an enjoyable film and one that is worth a watch. It leaves you feeling that you really should seize the day.
Dead Poets Society
Released 9 June 1989
This review also appears on the Melbourne Review of Books
In 2005, debut author Carrie Tiffany wowed fans of historical fiction with her award-winning novel, Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living. Set in 1934, an era of small-town Australia was brought grimly to life as narrator Jean Finnegan sought to bring science to the wheat fields of the land.
Fast-forward to 2012, and Carrie’s anticipated follow-up novel, Mateship with Birds, captures a revealing snapshot of 1950s rural Victoria in all its sexually repressed glory. (more…)