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James Bradley James Bradley i(A30555 works by)
Born: Established: 1967 Adelaide, South Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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1 The Costs of Consumption : Dispatches from a Planet in Decline James Bradley , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: Griffith Review , January no. 63 2019; (p. 216-222)

'Last October, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature released the 2018 'Living Planet Report'. Published biennially since 1998, the report offers a comprehensive overview of ecosystems and biodiversity worldwide.'  (Publication abstract)


1 High Country James Bradley , 2018 single work short story
— Appears in: Island , no. 155 2018; (p. 99)
1 Survival James Bradley , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 407 2018; (p. 39-40)

'On 15 May 1797 a fishing boat passing Wattamolla, in what is now Sydney’s Royal National Park, spotted three men on the beach. Rescued and returned to Sydney, the trio – tea merchant and supercargo William Clarke, sailor John Bennet, and Clarke’s lascar manservant, Srinivas – told an extraordinary story. After their ship, the Sydney Cove, was wrecked on Preservation Island in Bass Strait, they, along with fourteen other men, had set off in a longboat, hoping to fetch help for the other survivors. But when the longboat was also wrecked off the Ninety Mile Beach along Victoria, the survivors chose to do the only thing left open to them: follow the coast north on foot until they found help.'  (Introduction)

1 y separately published work icon The Buried Ark James Bradley , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2018 13723769 2018 single work novel young adult science fiction

'Callie is deep in the Zone - exposed, broken and alone. Without her little sister Gracie. Without Matt, the boy she loves. But when she stumbles upon a secret - hidden deep within herself - she realises that she holds the key to defeating the Change. But the Change know this too and they will stop at nothing to capture her. Fleeing from the officers of Quarantine, and the pervasive Change, Callie finds refuge in the unlikeliest of places. Only to find that she is in more danger than ever before.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

1 'A Crack in Its Earth' James Bradley , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 399 2018; (p. 38)

'Recent years have seen the literary novel begin to mutate, its boundaries and subject matter evolving in new and sometimes surprising directions as it attempts to accommodate the increasing weirdness of the world we inhabit.' (Introduction)

1 Does Mentoring Matter? Aoife Clifford , James Bradley , D. B. C. Pierre , Tegan Bennett Daylight , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , May vol. 49 no. 1 2017;

'Aoife Clifford, James Bradley, DBC Pierre and Tegan Bennett Daylight talk about whether writers need mentors, what you should and shouldn't expect, and other writerly wisdom.'  (Publication abstract)

1 A Furious Work of Fiction about Real Refugee Policy James Bradley , 2017 single work review essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12 August 2017; (p. 21)

'One of the ironies of fiction is that the issues that feel most urgent are often those that are most resistant to successful fictional treatment.

'Why this should be is an interesting question, not least because our distaste for overtly political novels (and the tendency of writers to regard it as somewhat gauche) is a relatively recent phenomenon. Many of the greatest novels of the 19th and early 20th century are explicitly engaged with the issues of their day, and writers from Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo to Emile Zola and Thomas Hardy were fired by an often white-hot fury about social injustice.' (Introduction)

1 The Cost of Crossing Boundaries James Bradley , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22 July 2017; (p. 20)
1 Assured Debut in Kafka’s Shoes James Bradley , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 6 May 2017; (p. 20)
'Now in its 37th year, The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award has become an institution. Awarded to an unpublished manuscript by a writer under 35, it has helped launch the careers of authors such as Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, Andrew McGahan and Gillian Mears. It has delivered a literary scandal in the shape of Helen Darville/Demidenko. And it has offered a fascinating window to the transformation of Australian culture and society across the past four decades.' (Introduction)
1 See What I Have Done By Sarah Schmidt James Bradley , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22 April 2017; (p. 21)
'On the morning of August 4, 1892, Bridget Sullivan, maid to the wealthy Borden family of Fall River, Massachusetts, was summoned by Lizzie, at 22 the younger of the two Borden daughters. “Come quick! Father’s dead,” she cried. “Somebody came in and killed him.” On reaching the sitting room she discovered Lizzie’s father, Andrew Borden, slumped on a sofa, his head shattered by close to a dozen blows to his face with a hatchet, one of which had split his eyeball. He was still bleeding.' (Introduction)
1 Traversing the Sands of Time James Bradley , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1 April 2017; (p. 18)
'Although the European presence in Australia is now more than two centuries old it sometimes seems the legacy of the past is more present with each passing year. Whether in the human cost for indigenous Australians, the environmental devastation on the Great Barrier Reef and elsewhere, or simply in the hostility towards those who question our assumptions about our history, Australian society has not come to terms with the dispossession and violence at its heart.' (Introduction)
1 Why I Decided to Write a Novel for Teenagers about Catastrophic Climate Change James Bradley , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 27 March 2017;
'The Silent Invasion is set in the age of environmental apocalypse, where even the landscape is frightening. But writing about climate change matters – most of all for those who will inherit the world.'
1 Writing on the Precipice James Bradley , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , February 2017;
'Late last year, in the dying days of the American presidential campaign, the World Wildlife Fund published its most recent Living Planet Report. Published biennially, these reports have long made sobering reading, but 2016’s took that to a new level, declaring that between 1970 and 2012 close to 60 per cent of the world’s wildlife had disappeared, and that without concerted action that figure was projected to reach 67 per cent by 2020. In other words, humans were close to having wiped out more than two thirds of the world’s wildlife in just half a century.'
1 5 y separately published work icon The Silent Invasion James Bradley , Australia : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2017 10649815 2017 single work novel young adult science fiction

'It's 2027 and the human race is dying. Plants, animals and humans have been infected by spores from space and become part of a vast alien intelligence.

'When 16-year-old Callie discovers her little sister Gracie has been infected, she flees with Gracie to the Zone to avoid termination by the ruthless officers of Quarantine. What Callie finds in the Zone will alter her irrevocably, and send her on a journey to the stars and beyond.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 1 y separately published work icon The Change Trilogy James Bradley , 2017- 10649759 2017 series - author novel
1 Tender Portrait of Loss Spans the Centuries James Bradley , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28-29 May 2016; (p. 20)

— Review of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos Dominic Smith , 2016 single work novel
1 Unresolved Mystery of Titanic Proportions James Bradley , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 26 March 2016; (p. 20)

— Review of The Midnight Watch David Dyer , 2016 single work novel

'Precisely why the story of the Titanic continues to exercise such a powerful hold on the collective imagination is a fascinating question. The answer lies, at least in part, in the way it simultaneously enacts and contradicts a series of fantasies about the passing of the Gilded Age, setting the hubris of the ship’s owners’ claims about its unsinkability against the images of doomed nobility and chivalry that are embodied in the image of the band playing on as the ship slid beneath the waves... Dyer isn’t the first writer to venture into this territory, although as a former ship’s officer and lawyer who spent many years working in the London firm that represented the Titanic’s owners, he may be the most qualified' (James Bradley).

1 Martian Triptych James Bradley , 2016 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Dreaming in the Dark 2016; (p. 35-48) The Best Australian Stories 2016 2016; (p. 179-189)

'It comes with a sound like a river, the noise so loud in the silence of the observatory he turns for a moment to see if Clyde has heard it too, only to realise Clyde is not there, that he left hours ago. Through the door he can see the trees outside, dark against the fading sky, hear the wind in the trees, And then the sound is gone, as quickly as it began...' (Introduction)

1 Finding Humour in a Time of Self-Loathing James Bradley , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 December 2015; (p. 16-17)

— Review of And You May Find Yourself Paul Dalgarno , 2015 single work autobiography
1 Review : The Natural Way of Things James Bradley , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , December - January no. 118 2015-2016; (p. 80)

— Review of The Natural Way of Things Charlotte Wood , 2015 single work novel