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.
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.
TEDxUQ 2019 Talk: How works of fiction become words for change. August 2019
Stories are a medium through which humans can learn from each other and relate to one another. For author Simon Cleary, stories can also be a medium through which we can demystify trauma and those who have experienced it, in order to change perspectives and connect as a community.
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.
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.
Review: Good Reading Magazine. April, 2019
A thrilling and thought-provoking book.
Interview: Sydney Morning Herald/The Age/Canberra Times. 7 April, 2019
Simon Cleary’s novel captures the lingering trauma of soldiers
Review: The Herald Sun. 6 April, 2019
Simon Cleary’s powerful saga scrutinises the enormous effect of war.
Review: The ANZ LitLovers LitBlog. 10 March, 2019
Lisa Hill reviews The War Artist on the ANZ LitLovers LitBlog.