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Interview: Radio Adelaide, 19 May 2020

Simon Cleary’s latest book is called The War Artist, and it covers the return from Afghanistan of an Australian soldier.  Nicky Page thought it was so good she sought out his two earlier novels and read them right away.  This is their conversation about those books, in April 2020.

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Review: Hearsay. March 2020

The War Artist displays Cleary’s continuing interest in big narratives tackling big themes. The big themes, however, express themselves most clearly amid the ordinariness of daily life and the challenges of human relationships. So it is in life. So it is in Cleary’s novels.

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Review: “The Bookshelf”, ABC Radio National.  26 April, 2019

The War Artist (UQP) tells the story of a soldier returned from a war, to a Penelope awaiting him with her own strength and stoicism, while another woman – a body artist – has her own significant part to play.

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Interview: “The Drawing Room”, ABC Radio National.  25 April, 2019

Simon joined Patricia Karvelas in “The Drawing Room” and looks at the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other challenges facing returned soldiers as they transition back into civilian life with his most recent novel – The War Artist.

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Interview: Sydney Morning Herald/The Age/Canberra Times. 7 April, 2019

Simon Cleary’s novel captures the lingering trauma of soldiers

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Interview: Toowoomba Chronicle.  11 April, 2019

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Review: The Herald Sun.  6 April, 2019

Simon Cleary’s powerful saga scrutinises the enormous effect of war.

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Review: SMH/The Age.   April, 2019

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Interview: The Good Reading Podcast.  18 March, 2019

Simon joined Angus Dalton to talk about the legacy of the Afghanistan War, PTSD, and the significance of tattoos in this episode of the Good Reading Podcast.

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Review: The ANZ LitLovers LitBlog. 10 March, 2019

Lisa Hill reviews The War Artist on the ANZ LitLovers LitBlog.

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Interview: The Courier Mail.  3 March, 2019

Simon Cleary’s latest novel explores the scars, visible and invisible, left on soldiers after serving on the front line.

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