In recent months I have been reviewing quite a few books for The Canberra Times. The most recent review, published on 8-8-2020, is of two remarkable books recounting the lives of Holocaust survivors, and I thought I’d post a link to it here. The books reviewed are Eddie Jaku’s The Happiest Man on Earth and When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains by Ariana Neumann.

Reviewing is a privilege when it involves reading books such as these; the only problem is trying to do the books justice in the space available.

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Here’s a link to a new review of Triptych Poets Issue Three: in Verity La, an Australian journal. Tim Jones also reviewed the book previously, on his blog. Way back in November.

Spoiler alert: Mark William Jackson likes it!


Now, it may be just a tad late to stuff it into someone’s stocking in a Christmas related capacity, but why not make your New Year’s Resolution to read more poetry? I intend to read only poetry next year. But that’s just me. I’ll be boring on about that soon. In the meantime, your fingers are moving towards this link. They will press it. You will find that they are delving into your purse or wallet, and extracting your credit card. Somehow, your pesky digits enter your number. And in a while, the book will arrive, with three poets for the price of one. You will kiss your wise fingers, and run out to buy them gloves (should it be cold where you are), or to have a manicure (if, like me, you are a tad vain).

But you will thank your prescient fingers, again and again, as you read the book which Mark William Jackson describes as ‘just straight peaks from start to finish.’

I’m blushing as I paste in that quote, but modesty, they say, is a virtue. So it’s good to parade it.

Christmas. Good. Have.