Guy Rundle is currently a writer-at-large for Crikey online daily, and a regular contributor to a wide range of Australian publications. A former editor of Arena Magazine, his recent books include Down To the Crossroads and The Shellacking, on the 2008 and 2010 US elections. He is currently working on a book on the global Right.
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Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love
by James Booth
Published September, 2014
One unusual dude: Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love by James Booth
Booth’s point is simple enough: Larkin projected multiple personas in his life, many of which summoned up images of old Englishness, while at the same time getting on with being a modern person and an important poet. Some of this has been obvious for some time. Though he projected the approved Movement-style philistinism and Little-Englandism, the poems of The Less Deceived are the obvious product of someone steeped in French symbolism, pre-war surrealism, and the explosive effects of apocalyptics such as George Barker.
On Offence: The Politics of Indignation
by Richard King
Published September, 2013
The last shot in the war: On Offence by Richard King
It cannot escape notice that, by King’s telling, things really start to go screwy when a much wider range of people get access not merely to politics, but to the political self-expression that was hitherto the preserve of the author… his sometimes acute analysis of particular deployments of notions of offence treats them as akin to an act of state censorship, a charge the Right relies on almost obsessively.
The Love-charm of Bombs: Restless Lives in the Second World War
by Lara Feigel
Published March, 2013
Promiscuous subterranean bohemians: The Love-charm of Bombs
Feigel has gathered together a half-dozen writers – Graham Greene, Henry Green (the pen-name of Henry Yorke), Elizabeth Bowen, Rose Macaulay, Rosamond Lehmann, and the little-known Hilde Spiel – and traced their lives, loves and works through the first shattering attacks in 1940-41 to the lull, and then the resumption in 1944, as the pilotless V-1 and V-2 attacks began.
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Between the Last Oasis and the next Mirage
by Guy Rundle
Melbourne University Press