‘We are not very caring’: Michelle de Kretser on Australian society

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In her new novel The Life to Come, the Miles Franklin-winning author critiques Australia’s character, and the boom that made us bad

Children of Australia’s long boom – who travel the world only to complain about lack of good coffee, who signal virtue by retweeting an asylum seeker story, who couldn’t imagine living in a house with only one bathroom, who are “really into food” – may find Michelle de Kretser’s new book an uncomfortable read.

Pela 2bThe Life to Come is a novel in five sections that focuses, in part, on the lives of Australia’s upper middle-class progressives.

We meet Celeste, an Australian now living in Paris; Ash, a…

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