Leah Kaminsky

Leah Kaminsky

Leah Kaminsky is a physician and award-winning writer. Her latest novel, The Hollow Bones (Vintage Australia, 2019), won the historical fiction and literary fiction categories of the 2019 International Book Awards, and the literary fiction category of the 2019 Best Book Awards, where it was also a finalist in the historical fiction category. The Waiting Room (Vintage Australia, 2015) won the 2016 Voss Literary Prize. She can be found at www.leahkaminsky.com

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Killing time

Essay The days of our lives are seventy years;And if by reason of strength they are eighty years,Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow;For it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Psalms 90:10 ‘HOW TIME FLIES!’ my elderly relatives...

The final frontier

ReportageTELEVISION WAS MY babysitter. As a child growing up in the ’60s, I would race home from school, grab a plate of biscuits and a glass of milk, and spend the afternoon on the couch watching back-to-back American cartoons and...

Promise or peril

EssaySelected for The Best Australian Science Writing 2014 AS SOON AS the midwife placed my newborn son on my belly, moments after a twenty-three-hour labour brought him into the world, I started counting his fingers and toes. I checked his...

Tunnel vision of the soul

MemoirIN MIDWINTER JULIA shuffled into my office and slowly lowered herself into the chair beside my desk. It was a cold, wet Melbourne morning and patients were starting to pile into the clinic, sheltering from the wind. The clock...

Looking for utopia

Memoir'Nowhere have I felt as safe as in this wilderness.'– Melech RavitchTHE WORLD HAS become a blur, borders losing their definition. Countries chase each other clockwise around the axis of a plastic globe I hold on my lap. With...

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