John Bartlett

BOOK REVIEW: qnews.com.au

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BOOK REVIEW: qnews.com.au

Heartsong Publishing This reviewer had the pleasure of interviewing this talented writer in 2005, when Bartlett’s debut novel, Towards a Distance Sea, was published. Bartlett’s storytelling has matured considerably since then with his latest effort, Estuary. Darting between the lungs of the Murray River in Coorong and his new home of Melbourne, this is a beautiful story of a wood carver named Seth, who upon the death of his Aunt Leila, is sent on a mission to uncover the details of her early life. Seth is a Chinese-Australian, descended from...

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ESTUARY – MID-WEEK REVIEW

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ESTUARY – MID-WEEK REVIEW

Catapulting back and forth between Melbourne and the Coorong region of South Australia, Geelong-based writer John Bartlett’s second novel Estuary is a treatise in disability, mental health, indigenous rights and homosexuality – traversing across each of these disparate territories in a quintessential Australian tale of love, loss, discovery and identity. Readers are first introduced to the novel’s protagonist, Newport-based carpenter Seth, as he struggles to come to terms with his Aunt Leila’s death. Though Leila was “more of a mother to...

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