Friends, if you didn’t see last weekend’s review of David Kowalski’s The Company of the Dead, the wonderful novel to which I played editorial midwife for many years, please take a look here. The author told me that his mother was moved to tears reading the response of a stranger to her son’s magnificent efforts. Will Elliot wrote:
Far from a light beach read, this is masterful entertainment, as thematically complex as its plot … Kowalski’s language is by turns poetic or raw and intense. It’s exhilarating to see an Australian author set such an ambitious novel on the world stage and for the work itself to succeed in its artistic goals.
It is so gratifying to see such a considered and intelligent response to what for some might be a daunting novel (it’s more than 740 pages) in the Sydney Morning Herald. All fingers crossed for many copies to be spotted along Australian beaches over the summer.