Reviewed by Andy Jackson in The Saturday Paper, July 2022
WINNER OF THE 2018 CARMEL BIRD DIGITAL LITERARY AWARD
Beth Spencer’s award-winning collection crosses boundaries of genre, time, history and desire; meditating on how we create ourselves through culture and stories, and why it matters.
An Angel is suspended in protest beneath a forest-green canopy; a girl watches Bewitched and dreams of being part of a coven; a man struggles to wrest back control of his story; and the cast of Fatal Attraction is let loose on the streets of Newtown. Memories of football and class, museums, tv families, Barbie dolls, and growing up in the age of Fibs bras and the rise and fall of the Whitlam government.
From the author of the critically acclaimed How to Conceive of a Girl, this collection seamlessly interweaves past & future, the critical & nostalgic, the experimental & the intimate.
Beth Spencer’s Youtube interview with Magdalena Ball from Compulsive Reader Talks
Beth Spencer’s Podcast interview with Magdalena Ball from Compulsive Reader Talks
‘Gives vivid insights into the small and large moments of the human story. It was a great pleasure to encounter this gem.’ — Carmel Bird
‘Spencer’s work brims with energetic, provocative, and idiosyncratically stylish writing.’ — Felicity Plunkett
‘Consistently thought-provoking, compelling, and rich with humour and complexity.’ — Magdalena Ball
BETH SPENCER writes fiction, essays and columns, and has had numerous pieces devised and performed for ABC Radio National. She has a PhD on ‘Fiction as a way of thinking’ and currently resides on the Central Coast, NSW.