Alexandra Coghlan


10 ENTRIES Alexandra Coghlan is the classical music critic for the New Statesman. She has written on the arts for the Guardian and Prospect.


Eimear McBride’s ‘A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing’


Eimear McBride’s ‘A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing’

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‘Burial Rites’, by Hannah Kent, Picador; $32.99


‘Burial Rites’ by Hannah Kent

The popular fascination with Nordic murder mysteries takes a historical turn in Burial Rites, the debut novel from Australian author Hannah Kent. In 1829 servant Agnes Magnúsdóttir became the last woman to be beheaded in Iceland. …

JM Coetzee, Cape Town, 1991. Image supplied


On His Terms

JC Kannemeyer’s ‘JM Coetzee: A Life in Writing’

The Museum of Innocence, Istanbul. © Tolga Bozoglu/Corbis


The novel lives

Visiting Orhan Pamuk’s 'Museum of Innocence'

'Silent House', Orhan Pamuk, Hamish Hamilton; $29.99


’Silent House’ by Orhan Pamuk

Originally published in 1983, Orhan Pamuk’s second novel has only now been translated into English. It’s an oversight that gives us a curious illusion of familiarity, of divination even. We already know the books this early experiment in narrative …

Berlinde de Bruyckere. © Eamon Gallagher

In the Flesh

Berlinde De Bruyckere


‘Figurehead’ by Patrick Allington

“I was beside myself that he’d thanked me for saving his life. Not with rage exactly. Not guilt … grief maybe. It was as if I’d donated bone marrow to him and now I wanted it back.” When the Australian journalist Ted Whittlemore saves the life …


‘The Striped World’ by Emma Jones

Awarded Australia's prestigious Newcastle Poetry Prize in 2005 for her poem ‘Zoos for the Dead', it is with the publication of her debut collection, The Striped World, that Emma Jones makes her first inroads into the broader poetic consciousness. …



Robert Dessaix’s ‘Arabesques’


‘The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn: Colour Photographs from a Lost Age’ by David Okuefuna

The Buddhist monk aflame in Saigon of 1963; the mushroom cloud of the Nagasaki atom bomb; September 11's Falling Man: the familiar visual touchstones of the conflicts of our age. Yet before the era of reportage and the impact photo, before the concept …