This month we’re excited to be publishing no less than five Randolph Stow novels in the Text Classics series, all with new companion essays. Below, in her introduction for To the Islands, Bernadette Brennan reveals why thirty years after first reading the book she remains ‘captive to its power’.
For a broader look at Stow’s legacy, read Nicolas Rothwell’s excellent feature in the Australian.
Eka Kurniawan’s extraordinary debut, Beauty Is a Wound, charts an epic journey through Indonesia’s turbulent history, lacing together history, satire, legend, humour and romance in a scathing critique of his young nation’s troubled past.
Kurniawan is visiting Australia as a guest of the Melbourne and Brisbane Writers Festivals. He chatted with Text’s Alice Lewinsky about inspirations, famous comparisons and the new age of Indonesian literature.
It’s Father’s Day on 6 September—what would your dad like, you wonder, that won’t be stashed with the stubby holders and golf calendars of Father’s Days past?
Here’s a thought: get him a book! It’s thoughtful and says many thousands of words, none of which you have to think up yourself.
We asked around the office, and this is what Text staff are getting for their dads.
More great prize news this weekend with the announcement of the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards—Australia’s most prestigious prizes honouring crime fiction and true-crime writing.
Winner of the Award for Non-fiction was Helen Garner, for her brilliant This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial and Best First Crime Novel went to Jock Serong’s outstanding debut Quota.