Stephanie Bishop

Stephanie Bishop’s latest novel is Man Out of Time. She teaches in the School of Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Not long ago I found myself in conversation with a group of people about the effect of living with houseplants. They were proselytising the health benefits and comparing Instagram shots on their phones, where everyone aspired to the same sparse white living room decorated with pops of green. I confessed however, that I couldn’t keep a houseplant alive – I couldn’t keep a...

Three men have come to our house in order to remove the furniture. They can carry two chairs apiece, and while one appears to spin a coffee table on his index finger, another heaves a sofa up with a single hand, so that it can stand at an angle while his comrade at the other end adjusts his grip. ‘In India,’ I tell them, ‘I once saw a man with a fridge strapped to his back...

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