The Australian review of Gravity Well

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Though there is loss at the centre of Gravity Well, Joosten knows that the most urgent observations about life come from making sense of the unfathomable. This is a carefully crafted, emotionally cathartic novel. Our journey away from suffering, Joosten suggests, ­begins with our movement towards each other.

Gretchen Shirm reviewed Gravity Well in The Australian. You can read it here.

The Age/SMH review of Gravity Well

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Throughout Gravity Well, Joosten shows the different angles of the self, pressing us to consider how much can be revealed to another person, what secrets to keep, what sides to show, and through what filter. She is not only interested in the big themes: identity, death, momentous change. Small matters, domestic, and of the heart, matter a lot. This is the work of an elegant and vital novelist, someone fully engaged and grappling with the multitude of difficulties involved in the way we live now.

Louise Swinn reviewed Gravity Well in The Age/Sydney Morning Herald. You can read it here.

Newtown Review of Books

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Old age may be a long time coming, but it is coming. This eloquent collection advocates for the elderly.

It was a Doris Lessing novel – specifically, Diary of a Good Neighbour – that inspired Melanie Joosten to take up social work with the idea of working with older people in need. Joosten did not want to live a life filled only with beautiful words, but with meaningful actions, too.In the very week that her debut novel Berlin Syndrome was published to great acclaim, she began meeting regularly with nursing-home residents, becoming a passionate advocate for the elderly.

You can read more of the review by Shelley McInnes here.

Radio National Breakfast with Fran Kelly

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We all want to live a long life—but we want it to be a healthy, happy and high-quality life too.

It’s disturbing to see reports of mistreatment of the elderly—but is there a turning point where we stop respecting the elderly and begin punishing them for existing?

That’s one question posed in a new collection of essays exploring ageing in a society that valorises youth and self-reliance.

Melanie Joosten, author of A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age, joins Fran Kelly on Radio National Breakfast.

You can listen to the audio below, or read a summary of the interview here.


In conversation with Maria Tumarkin at Readings Hawthorn

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I’ll be having a discussion with Maria Tumarkin about writing essays and writing old age at Readings Hawthorn on Tuesday 19 July at 6.30pm. Please come along.

Melanie Joosten’s A Long Time Coming is a call for empathy in a society that valorises youth and self-reliance – a profound reminder that everyone has the right to be old. Come along to hear her chat about the book with author Maria Tumarkin.

Free, but please book here.