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Chris Flynn Chris Flynn i(A112231 works by)
Born: Established: 1972 Belfast,
Northern Ireland,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1999
Heritage: Irish
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1 The Australian Book You've Finally Got Time for: On the Beach by Nevil Shute Chris Flynn , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 21 May 2020;
'I often wonder how many people bought On the Beach when it came out in 1957, assuming it was a novel about a group of gorgeous, sun-kissed surfers catching breaks all summer long. On the Beach is instead about a bunch of miserable Melburnians waiting to die slowly and horribly from radiation poisoning after the world has been annihilated in a nuclear holocaust started by the Albanians.' (Introduction)
1 Mammoth : Extract Chris Flynn , 2020 extract novel (Mammoth)
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , May 2020;
1 3 y separately published work icon Mammoth Chris Flynn , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2020 18936090 2020 single work novel

'Narrated by a 13,000-year-old extinct American mastodon, Mammoth is the (mostly) true story of how the skull of a Tyrannosaurus bataar, a pterodactyl, a prehistoric penguin, the severed hand of an Egyptian mummy and the narrator himself came to be on sale at a 2007 natural history auction in Manhattan.

'Ranging from the Pleistocene Epoch to nineteenth-century America and beyond, including detours to Napoleonic France and Nazi Germany, Mammoth illuminates a period of history when ideas about science and religion underwent significant change. By tracing how and when the fossils were unearthed, Mammoth traverses time and place to reveal humanity's role in the inexorable destruction of the natural world.'(Publication summary)

1 Gone, but Not Forgotten Chris Flynn , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , January / February no. 418 2020; (p. 41)

— Review of See You at the Toxteth Peter Corris , 2019 selected work essay short story biography ; The Red Hand Peter Temple , 2019 selected work screenplay extract short story review essay
'Two of the greatest Australian crime writers died within six months of each other in 2018. Peter Temple authored nine novels, four of which featured roustabout Melbourne private detective Jack Irish, and one of which, Truth, won the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2010. Temple died on 8 March 2018, aged seventy-one. Peter Corris was more prolific, writing a staggering eighty-eight books across his career, including historical fiction, biography, sport, and Pacific history. Forty-two of those highlighted the travails of punchy Sydney P.I. Cliff Hardy. Corris died on 30 August 2018, seventy-six and virtually blind.' (Introduction)
1 White Knight : Elliot Perlman's Misguided New Novel Chris Flynn , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 417 2019; (p. 43-44)

— Review of Maybe the Horse Will Talk Elliot Perlman , 2019 single work novel

'Elliot Perlman’s fourth novel is tentatively billed as a corporate satire and has a striking opening line: ‘I am absolutely terrified of losing a job I absolutely hate.’ The man in this all-too-familiar predicament is Stephen Maserov, a former English teacher turned lawyer. Maserov is a lowly second year in the Terry Gilliam-esque law firm Freely Savage Carter Blanche, which, apart from sounding like a character in a Tennessee Williams play, is home to loathsome dinosaurs in pinstripe suits and an HR department referred to as ‘The Stasi’.' (Introduction)

1 The World Beneath Chris Flynn , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 415 2019; (p. 47)

— Review of Hollow Earth John Kinsella , 2019 single work novel
'Astronomer Edmond Halley (also known as Edmund, debate still rages over which spelling he preferred) may be best known for the comet that passes through our solar system once every seventy-five to seventy-six years (next sighting due in 2061, set a reminder in your iCal), but in 1692 he proposed an intriguing theory: that the Earth was hollow.' (Introduction)
1 Soft Centre Chris Flynn , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 413 2019; (p. 53-54)

— Review of Minotaur Peter Goldsworthy , 2019 single work novel

'Halfway through Minotaur, Peter Goldsworthy’s jauntily satisfying novel about a sharp-tongued former motorcycle cop blinded by a bullet to the head, Detective Sergeant Rick Zadow gropes his way to a shed behind his Adelaide cottage. Inside lies a partially dismantled 1962 Green Frame Ducati 750SS. Zadow, who had begun disassembling the crankshaft prior to his injury, fumbles round in the dark as he tries to restore the beloved bike he will never be able to ride again. He uses his ever-present companion and virtual girlfriend, Siri, to order parts from a website called Road and Race.' (Introduction)

1 Alex Landragin : Crossings Chris Flynn , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 22-28 June 2019;

'Metempsychosis, or the transmigration of the soul, usually happens after death, when the consciousness and memories of an individual are transported into the body of another. If you believe that sort of thing. It is also a handy, if well-trodden, literary device, used to influential effect in David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.' (Introduction)

1 Rohan Wilson : Daughter of Bad Times Chris Flynn , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 4-10 May 2019;

'Great science fiction often tackles portentous real-world events. The genre provides a heady platform for the extrapolation of ideas, imagining what might happen if a current situation were pushed to extremes. Tasmanian-born author Rohan Wilson embraces the liberty of genre conventions in his latest book. Having thus far examined his home state’s brutal colonial history in the novels The Roving Party and To Name Those Lost, he changes tack by leaping five decades into the future with Daughter of Bad Times, a layered novel that can be read as a doomed love story, a climate change warning and a searing commentary on Australian refugee policy.' (Introduction)

1 At the Gorge : Twists and Tropes in Four New Crime Novels Chris Flynn , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 411 2019; (p. 34-35)

'The plethora of crime stories is such that, in order to succeed, they must either follow a well-trodden narrative path and do so extremely well, or run with a high concept and hope for the best. Having the word ‘girl’ in the title doesn’t hurt. Readers are familiar with genre tropes, to the point of being high-functioning literary detectives, ready to sniff out lapses in logic and to scream at the page (or at a screen) when a plot goes haywire. Treat aficionados of crime fiction with contempt, and you’re dead in the water.' (Introduction)

1 Meg Keneally Fled Chris Flynn , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 13-19 April 2019;

'Mary Bryant was a Cornishwoman transported with the First Fleet for highway robbery. After three years in Sydney, she masterminded the first escape from the nascent colony. Her story was the subject of an ABC television drama in the 1960s and a telemovie in 2005, and she has appeared as a minor character in several books. Arguably none capture the extensive detail found in Meg Keneally’s latest, Fled, in which Bryant has been fictionalised as Jenny Trelawney.' (Introduction)

1 Matt Howard : The Time Is Now, Monica Sparrow Chris Flynn , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 2-8 March 2019;

'Journeyman author Matt Howard pops up with his fourth novel in 13 years, and with his fourth publisher. Given the commercial appeal of his work, this bedhopping seems odd, but such is the climate of publishing these days. Hit it out of the park with your first swing, or move house.' (Introduction)

1 Noir Time Chris Flynn , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , January / February no. 408 2019; (p. 34)

'In 2004, New York-based publisher Akashic Books released Brooklyn Noir, a collection of short fiction written under a specific brief. Stories had to be set in that neighbourhood and feature noir themes: simmering familial revenge, cheating and double-crossing, sexual betrayal, domestic discord, murderous trysts, down-at-heel detectives. Authors rose to the challenge by focusing on communities like Williamsburg, Bensonhurst, Park Slope, and Bedford–Stuyvesant. This was small-time crime on a localised level. A clever idea, which editor Tim McLoughlin split into four sections: Old School Brooklyn, New School Brooklyn, Cops & Robbers, and Backwater Brooklyn.'  (Introduction)

1 Lingering Dilemmas in the Search for a Gentle Exit Chris Flynn , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27-28 August 2016; (p. 25) The Saturday Age , 27-28 August 2016; (p. 19)

— Review of The Easy Way Out Steven Amsterdam , 2016 single work novel
1 Fennell Vision Chris Flynn , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 9 July 2016;
'Nerves are beginning to fray outside the Playhouse on Newcastle’s Hunter Street. The whereabouts of a key performer are unknown. No one has heard from him. He has not responded to emails. With another of the main players absent with a migraine, the evening’s five scheduled speakers are threatening to become three. ...'
1 War Wounds Chris Flynn , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 18 June 2016;

— Review of Enemy : A Daughter's Story of How Her Father Brought the Vietnam War Home Ruth Clare , 2016 single work autobiography
1 Unpleasantville Chris Flynn , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 382 2016; (p. 51)

— Review of The Dry Jane Harper , 2016 single work novel
1 Leaving Paradise Chris Flynn , 2016 single work review essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 387 2016; (p. 60)
'Given the Australian propensity for travel, it is odd that the global wanderings of our citizens are not much explored in literary fiction, which is still in the anguished throes of self-examination, arguably stuck in a loop. How refreshing, then, to read Anthony Macris’s fourth book, Inexperience and Other Stories, a short volume which drops the reader into the discomfiting world of an Australian couple overseas.' (Introduction)
1 Review : Abacus Chris Flynn , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 377 2015; (p. 60)

— Review of Abacus Louis Armand , 2015 single work novel
1 Review : Everything Is Teeth Chris Flynn , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 374 2015; (p. 24)

— Review of Everything Is Teeth Evie Wyld , Joe Summer , 2015 selected work graphic novel autobiography