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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 Library at the End of the World James Bradley , 2020 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , October 2020;

'In the middle of last year, I visited Hobart. Officially, I was there to help run a writing workshop; unofficially, I was there for a gathering organised by a philanthropist with an interest in the environment. The guest list was eclectic – some scientists, an artist who has been creating work from ocean plastics and her partner, a writer or two – but there was no agenda, no expectation of resolutions or outcomes. Instead, seated in an old building in Hobart’s city centre, we talked about our work, the world, the future, searching out points of connection and intersection, discussing ways of expressing and managing the fears we were all, in our different ways, grappling with.' (Introduction)

1 As I Mourn My Mother the Pandemic Rolls On. Is the Whole World, like Me, Frozen in Grief? James Bradley , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 2 August 2020;

'I try to make sense of her sudden absence but every hour, every minute, brings some new and usually terrifying development.'

1 Writing Fiction in the Age of Climate Catastrophe : A Conversation Between Anne Charnock and James Bradley Anne Charnock , James Bradley , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: Los Angeles Review of Books , April 2020;

'How do writers address climate catastrophe, and where do they place climate within their fictional narratives? Two writers, Anne Charnock and James Bradley, face up to this challenge in novels published in 2020. They compare notes about their different approaches in this exchange of emails.' (Introduction)

1 13 y separately published work icon Ghost Species James Bradley , Melbourne : Penguin , 2020 18652581 2020 single work novel science fiction

'When scientist Kate Larkin joins a secretive project to re-engineer the climate by resurrecting extinct species she becomes enmeshed in another, even more clandestine program to recreate our long-lost relatives, the Neanderthals. But when the first of the children, a girl called Eve, is born, Kate cannot bear the thought her growing up in a laboratory, and so elects to abduct her, and raise her alone.

'Set against the backdrop of hastening climate catastrophe, Ghost Species is an exquisitely beautiful and deeply affecting exploration of connection and loss in an age of planetary trauma. For as Eve grows to adulthood she and Kate must face the question of who and what she is. Is she natural or artificial? Human or non-human? And perhaps most importantly, as civilisation unravels around them, is Eve the ghost species, or are we?

'James Bradley embeds Ghost Species with his deep and humane understanding of the natural world and a profound optimism, that together we can survive and thrive.' (Publication summary)

1 Clarity Amid the Darkness James Bradley , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4 May 2019; (p. 22)

— Review of The Rip Mark Brandi , 2019 single work novel

'Mark Brandi’s 2017 novel Wimmera was one of the most impressive debut Australian crime novels of recent years. A tautly constructed exploration of the corrosive effects of masculinity, it won the British Crime Writers Association’s Debut Dagger, was named the best debut at the Australian Indie Book Awards, and was shortlisted for several other accolades.' (Introduction)

1 Journeys into Our Brave New Reality James Bradley , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3 August 2019; (p. 25)

— Review of The Subjects Sarah Hopkins , 2019 single work novel ; From Here On, Monsters Elizabeth Bryer , 2019 single work novel

'We inhabit a moment where reality seems increasingly ­malleable, a construct that serves the interests of the powerful by eliding and obscuring the truth. From police demanding journalists submit to fingerprinting to the rejection of science by lobby groups and politicians, the control and manipulation of information has become so normalised that most of the time we no longer even notice it.'(Introduction) 

1 Unearthed : Last Days of the Anthropocene James Bradley , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 78 no. 3 2019; (p. 44-56)

'Last summer started early in Australia. In November a heatwave struck northern Queensland, pushing temperatures to record heights in many places. In Cairns the temperature reached 42.6 degrees, more than five degrees higher than the previous record for November. Over 12 days fire crews attended more than 1200 fires, including devastating blazes in rainforest areas that had always been regarded as natural firebreaks. In parts of Queensland, fire conditions were designated catastrophic, the first time the rating - which was only created in 2009 - had been used in the state.'  (Publication abstract)


1 The Wheel James Bradley , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 414 2019; (p. 29)

'Andrew McGahan’s final book, The Rich Man’s House, opens with an apology. ‘It’s a finished novel – I wouldn’t be letting it out into the world if it wasn’t – but I can’t deny that my abrupt decline in health has forced the publishers and I to hurry the rewriting and editing process extremely, and that this is not quite the book it would have been had cancer not intervened … for once I can fairly plead – I was really going to fix that!’'  (Introduction)

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.'