My Life & Other Fictions – Giacometti’s debut collection resonates with depth and originality

‘Australian author Michael Giacometti’s debut short story collection My Life & Other Fictions is a penetrating and original book. Awash with intricate and beautiful sentences, bold and alluring voices, and a range of intriguing characters and settings, it’s a collection to savour. Its 20 stories sound the depths of human experience—and yield more treasure with each reading. Themes of…

I am what I read (4) 2013

I read with a different purpose in 2013. Much of what I read was research for the novel I continue to write, This landscape of failure. Hence, the journals of expeditions to places unknown, and gospels of the known and little known. I read David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas after seeing the film and enjoyed both equally.…

I am what I read (3) 2012

I have introduced a new page: INFLUENCES: a reading list. In 2012 I rediscovered the wonderful prose of Albert Camus. The final sentences of The Stranger are spellbinding. I unearthed Michel Houellebecq’s The map and the territory and Atomised, was delighted by the fact or fiction HHhH by Laurent Binet. And finally two notable reads:…

I am what I read (2) 2011

I have introduced a new page: INFLUENCES: a reading list. 2010 contained some remarkable surprises. On my second attempt I got past the (yawn!) first 100 pages of the book that goes nowhere, Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. I discovered Orhan Pamuk, whose My name is Red narrated from a handover of one narrator to another gave…

I am what I read

In July 2008 I emerged from the Simpson Desert after completing a 24-day solo and unsupported walk charged with creative possibility. It was then, finally, that I became a writer. A year-an-half later I began to keep a record of my reading. These are my latterly influences. Be it reading for pleasure or distraction, for…