Jennifer Mills

Jennifer Mills

is the author of the novels Gone (2011) and The Diamond Anchor (2009) and a collection of short stories, The Rest is Weight (2012).

About Jennifer Mills

Jennifer Mills is the author of the novels Gone (2011) and The Diamond Anchor (2009) and a collection of short stories, The Rest is Weight (2012). She is currently the fiction editor at Overland. Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry have appeared in many literary journals including Meanjin, Hecate, Overland, Heat and Island.

Articles about Jennifer Mills

Dyschronia by Jennifer Mills

The End of the World As We Know It

'From Armageddon to Ragnarok and the Rapture, humans persist in imagining the end of the world. The religious term is eschatology, and the literary terms are many. Some are jocular (Disaster Porn), or precisely denote a sub-genre (Post-Apocalypse, Solarpunk). Climate change or Anthropocene fiction is the latest variant on the theme, and if we believe our scientists — and woe betide us if we do not — these may be the final words.'

Articles by Jennifer Mills

Sugarcoated: Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

Oyeyemi runs her own race as a writer, making a place for herself without apparent regard to convention or literary fashion. But this is not to say she’s not paying attention. The affection for tangents, parentheses and filigrees is a position, a running-around-waving type of stand taken against the austere and reserved in traditional (white) British writing. Her writing disorients, yes, but it does so in order to upend our assumptions about story and hierarchy.

An Embassy for Nowhere

Shaun Prescott’s eminently strange novel, The Town, begins by rejecting outright any ‘sense of place’. The town in this novel is nameless. It is a site that refutes specificity, character, and indeed meaning itself. As a librarian tells its narrator early on: ‘There are no books about this town... Nothing of note has ever happened in this town, and by the time it does, there will no longer be any point in remembering it.’

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Future Real: Cairo by Louis Armand

Cairo is both a futuristic dystopia and an attempt to respond to the dystopian nature of present reality. Although it appears on the surface to be a science fiction novel, it depicts a state of being that Umberto Eco described as hyperreality, in which life is experienced as a bewildering array of simulacra.

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A victimless crime: Cairo by Chris Womersley

'"We live in a philistine nation but a civilised city," said the Director of the NGV, Patrick McCaughey, on purchasing Pablo Picasso’s Weeping Woman for $1.6 million in 1986... In Cairo, Chris Womersley has taken the theft of Weeping Woman and re-imagined it from the perspective of a young innocent from the kind of country town McCaughey was referring to when he called Australia a philistine nation.'

Tales of the city: Tamam Shud: The Somerton Man mystery

Somerton Man is one of Adelaide’s great cold cases. The place is built of such true crime stories. On the surface, these narratives tell us, Adelaide is a charmingly ordered, picture-book city. But step carelessly and you could fall through a hole into a parallel world of violence, murder and intrigue.