One morning as I stood staring at the wall waiting for my tea to brew, I thought to myself, ‘just how is this tea so good?’. I resolved at that moment to find out.
You know those moments where you’re starving and need some lunch, but you want to take advantage of the lovely sun, and you have two small boys with boundless energy who need to be occupied. And then, you find a cafe that miraculously caters for all these needs. So it was with Est 1906, in Seddon, Melbourne.
We had an almost spiritual moment on entering Est. 1906 when we realised that the courtyard outside had a small plastic cubby house in the corner. It’s not like these facilities can compete with Inflatable World, but it signals loudly and clearly, ‘children are welcome here… even your children’.
It’s hard to know what to write about Hot Little Hands. The blurb on the back of the book promises that it ‘contains nine funny, confronting and pitch-perfect stories about stumbling on the fringes of innocence’. Yes, there are nine stories; and yes, they are confronting; but no, they are not funny. Definitely, not funny.
Unless you’ve been living under an Uluru-sized rock, or you live outside this land girt by sea, you may have missed that Charlotte Wood did indeed win the Stella Prize, as I predicted
Melbourne writer Yannick Thoraval is the author behind The Current, a book which beautifully weaves together the doomed future of a pacific island and a dysfunctional
family unit. It centers on the Van Dooren family, in particular its patriarch Peter, and the family’s nihilist attitude to their lives – traversing themes like climate change, alienation, teen angst and consumerism. It is a sharp social commentary, in a darkly humorous way.