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“Forty Boxes” reflection on writing the Sasha Soldatow biography

“Forty Boxes” my essay reflecting on writing Drink Against Drunkenness, the Sasha Soldatow biography has been published in Openbook, the magazine of the State Library of NSW — pages 48–53. A gorgeous edition of the “lavish, award-winning magazine of new writing, fresh ideas and contemporary photography”.
Here’s the first page:

Review of Drink Against Drunkenness in ABR

There is a review of Drink Against Drunkenness in Australian Book Review, April 2023.

Buy Drink Against Drunkennes direct from me

If you would like to buy a copy of Drink Against Drunkenness direct from me, send me an email with your postal address and phone number. It’s $30 AUD per copy plus $9.70 postage within Australia for 1 or 2 copies. I will send bank details for electronic transfer, or you can pay with Paypal.

new review of Drink Against Drunkenness

“”I’m left with a sense of the biographer’s great generosity both to the past and to posterity in recording Soldatow’s life, and, in the background, the poignant story of a generation and its misadventures and partially-filled ambitions over the decades.” In this review by biographer Nathan Hobby, found here:

Bit of video from bookshop event April 2023

Here’s some video posted by Nandita Bose with whom I had a “conversation” at the Atta Galatta Bookshop in Bangalore, India on 23 April 2023

Reading and talk in Bangalore, 23 April ’23

At the AttaGallatta bookstore, Bangalore on Sunday 23 April 2023–reading, and conversation with Nandita Bose

The Jamun, Bangalore, all of April 2023

A whole month at this beautiful, peaceful,comfortable house in one of the leafier parts of Bangalore. At the right time of year many writers gather for the Sangam House season here, but at this wrong season I am mainly alone. Open the link to see house, rooms.

Udaipur, lecture at MLS university, 31 March 2023

Professor Pradeep Trikha, who I’ve known for 20 years, invited me to give a lecture at the Department of English at Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur. I also enjoyed lunch with members of the department, and some students took me to see the beauties of this town of lakes and palaces.

INVITATION Udaipur lecture pdf

Delhi. Lecture at GGSI university on 17 March 2023

Arrived in Delhi early on 16 March. On 17 I gave a lecture at the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, having been kindly invited by Professor Vivek Sachdeva, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. It was a pleasure to meet academics and students there.

LTP publishing newsletter Title To Come

Latest edition of my very infrequent Local Time Publishing Newsletter, with news of the recent biography, some new items about the last novel, and other briefly expressed news, found here