Jennifer Mills is an author, editor and critic based on Kaurna Yerta (Adelaide). Her latest novel is The Airways, published by Picador in 2021. Dyschronia (2018) was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, Aurealis, and Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. In 2022, Mills is Artist in Residence at Vitalstatistix.
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It’s in my nature to be uncomfortable with the very idea of nature, the distinctions the term creates between acceptable and unacceptable behaviours and desires, the value systems it imposes and disguises. For me, nature and gender are both trouble.
How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Learning to Fight in a World on Fire
by Andreas Malm
Published January 2021
The Force of Nonviolence: An Ethico-Political Bind
by Judith Butler
Published January 2021
by Shaun Prescott
Published August, 2017
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.’
by Louis Armand
Published January, 2014
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.
by Chris Womersley
Published September, 2013
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.
Tamam Shud: The Somerton Man mystery
by Kerry Greenwood
Published December, 2012
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.
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by Jennifer Mills
Published July 2021
The Body Problem
In Jennifer Mills’ The Airways, we travel through a series of bodies. The we here is us, the readers, but we share this journey with something else too – a ghost, a consciousness, something that speaks and thinks and feels but isn’t necessarily a body. It is something that will call into question the way we think about bodies.