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Slice of Australian gothic takes out Miles Franklin

Yes, I do have a copy of Andrew McGahan’s The White Earth at the moment, from the Salt Mine Library. I shall try to read it over the weekend and let you know what I think. I do know I very much enjoyed his 1988 (1995) which I read some time back.

Meantime I am reading Neil Belton’s The Good Listener: A Life against Cruelty [1998] which was one of the books I proposed to dump, but maybe not now. (It had been a bargain bookshop impulse buy about a year ago.) The book is a treasure. It is profound, responsible, well written, intelligent, absolutely relevant… We need such books in these days. For example, see Heather Mallick, “The Heart of Darkness Beats Clear and Steady in Guantanamo Bay” (2002):
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