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by Sue Joseph

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Over breakfast this morning The Spouse and I were engaging in some mild rivalry by comparing the stats on our respective blogs, and I noted that there are always dips at certain times of the year, the pre-Christmas month being one because everyone is too busy with EOY stuff to have time for reading blogs. We could both expect a dip in page views, I said, (though I like to think that my loyal readers will still be around. I will certainly still be reading my favourite blogs even if the Christmas cards get sent out late because of it!)

The imminence of December is why I am bringing to your attention a book I have only half-read…

Behind the Text: Candid conversations with Australian creative nonfiction writers could be the perfect Christmas present for readers of all kinds, and possibly even non-readers too. It is published by one of Melbourne’s small indie publishers (who recently published the joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards History Prize Let My People Go, the untold story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-1989 by Sam Lipski and Suzanne D. Rutland) but despite this prestigious honour I am not surprised that Behind the Text doesn’t seem to have caught the attention of old media reviewers yet because they are not very good at knowing about the gems that can be found among the books published by small indie publishers, IMHO.

Anyway, have your credit card ready, you will almost certainly know someone who is going to love unwrapping this book on Xmas Day…

I have been reading an interview each day over breakfast and had read the interview with Paul McGeough (which is riveting); the one with Doris Pilkington Garimara (which is poignant); and I skipped the one with David Leser (because I’d never heard of him). (Perhaps I should be embarrassed about this but I’m not. He writes for newspapers I don’t read and (apparently) biographies of people I’m not interested in. I will come back to him later when I have read the others because now I’m sure that Sue Joseph can make him interesting).

To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2016/11/20/behind-the-text-candid-conversations-with-australian-creative-nonfiction-writers-by-sue-joseph/ ( )
  anzlitlovers | Nov 28, 2016 |
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