By Charlotte Wood
Charlotte wooden has been defined as 'one of the main clever and compassionate novelists in Australia' (The Age), and 'one of our best and so much chameleonic writers' (The Australian). Her newest paintings, Love & starvation: options at the present of nutrition, is a publication of contemplations on cooking. Her fourth novel, Animal humans, used to be published in past due 2011 to serious acclaim and was once long-listed for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Her prior novels, the bestseller the kids, The Submerged Cathedral and items of a lady have been shortlisted for varied prize together with the Miles Franklin Award and nearby Commonwealth Writers' Prize.
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That should be deep space,’ said Martha, pointing upwards. ‘You know, black, full of stars. . And this. . ’ She bent down, forcing her hands through the leaves. ‘This should be a metal floor. ’ ‘Perhaps it is,’ said the Doctor. ’ ‘So this is some sort of. . virtual reality? ’ ‘I don’t think so,’ said the Doctor, cautiously. Martha picked up a leaf by its stalk, twirled it between her fingers, held it up to the sunlight. It was large, copper-coloured and webbed by deep green veins, as angular as a child’s drawing of a splayed hand.
Not quite alive. ’ And he turned the brilliant blue light onto Martha. ’ said Martha. ’ The Doctor grinned, putting the screwdriver away before setting off. Martha hurried to catch up. ’ asked Martha. ‘It appeared to be a wild boar,’ said the Doctor. ‘Sus scrofa – still common in central Europe, even in your time. Then again,’ he went on, ‘I’ve seen pagoda trees from Asia, magnolias unique to North America. . ’ ‘Not from any planet I know,’ said the Doctor. ’ Martha pointed back in the direction they’d come.
If they weren’t dead, if they hadn’t been murdered – and Petr had indicated that all the children had simply ‘disappeared’ – then where had they gone? Martha found Saul standing by the lake, talking to a bright-eyed girl who must have been about twelve. It seemed that school had finished for the day as other children were spilling out from their classrooms, delighted by their long-promised liberation. The girl seemed rather serious for her age, addressing Saul confidently. Martha caught a little of their conversation before both became aware of her presence.
Animal People by Charlotte Wood