James Bradley

James Bradley
James Bradley is an author and a critic. His books include the novels WrackThe Resurrectionist and Clade.

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Slippery migrants


What eels do when we’re not watching

Cover of The Natural Way of Things

‘The Natural Way of Things’ by Charlotte Wood


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A barracuda. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Christos Tsiolkas’ ‘Barracuda’

Christos Tsiolkas

All fired up

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Ningaloo sharks


It takes little more than two hours for the spotter planes to locate the first whale shark of the day. Along with the two-dozen or so others who have paid several hundred dollars to spend a day diving with the sharks, I don my mask and flippers in readiness …

‘Big Love’, Season 2, SBS Television


It's easy to imagine the pitch for HBO's polygamist drama, Big Love: Everything a normal family faces, times three. It's a neat formula, and it captures much of the pleasure of the series, which centres on the ever-expanding family of the Utah …

‘Birds of Australia’s Top End’ by Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow


Early on in these pages, Denise Goodfellow marks out some territory. Relating her Aboriginal sister’s reaction to a picture of a cassowary (“What’s this? Different emu?”), she declares: “Rather mischievously I did consider adopting the classificatory …