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Author Archives: Magdalena Ball

Magdalena Ball is the author of the novels Black Cow and Sleep Before Evening, the poetry books Repulsion Thrust and Quark Soup, a nonfiction book The Art of Assessment, and, in collaboration with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Sublime Planet, Deeper Into the Pond, Blooming Red, Cherished Pulse, She Wore Emerald Then, and Imagining the Future. She also runs a radio show, The Compulsive Reader Talks. Find out more about Magdalena at

Book Review: ‘Street to Street’ by Brian Castro


A complex novel that begins and ends with language and its power. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Maddaddam’ by Margaret Atwood


Maddaddam is the third and final book in Margaret Atwood’s phenomenal Maddaddam Trilogy that also includes Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Finding Your Element’ by Ken Robinson

Finding Your Element

We not only deserve to enjoy our lives and live creatively and powerfully, it's our responsibility to try to do so. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Bookman’s Tale’ by Charlie Lovett


An immensely satisfying and pleasurable read that combines a range of genres and celebrates the beauty and wonder of the literary word Read More »

Book Review: ‘Hotel Hyperion’ by Lisa Gorton


Poems of memory, loss, history and hubris. Read More »

Book Review: Bread of the Lost by Philomena van Rijswijk


Philomena van Rijswijk’s poetry is a sensual treat. As with her fiction, there seems to be no topic off-limits; no intimacy she isn’t willing to explore. Read More »

Book Review: Elemental by Amanda Curtin


Margaret Duthie Tulloch is a storyteller whose bedtime tales of Fish Meggie, the Gutting Girl from the Top of the World, delight her granddaughter Laura, her “lambsie”. She promises to write those stories down for Laura, and though her Lambsie has grown up and Meggie is dying, she manages to write it all out, but rather than a series of ... Read More »

Book Review: By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life by Ramona Koval

A wonderful book for book lovers everywhere. Read More »

Book Review: Earth Masters: Playing God with the Climate by Clive Hamilton

Clearly presented picture of geoengineering and the ethical issues that our rapid move towards acceptance has created. Read More »

Book Review: Adventures of a Waterboy by Mike Scott

A deep, well-written book that manages to toe the line beautifully between grass-roots intimacy and a grand, big picture. Read More »