Review: In Checkout 19, Claire-Louise Bennett works in the thin space between literature and life

Jasper Lindell
By Jasper Lindell
June 17 2022 - 2:00pm
Claire-Louise Bennett, working between literature and life. Picture: Mark Walsh
  • Checkout 19, by Claire-Louise Bennett. Jonathan Cape, $32.99.

In the space between real life and literary life, an unnamed woman narrates her experiences. What happens in books seems distant from life somewhere in England. But real life is also reflected in the books we read, so there must be some kind of link between literature and the way we live.


Jasper Lindell

Jasper Lindell

Assembly Reporter

Jasper Lindell joined the Times in 2018. He is a Legislative Assembly reporter, covering ACT politics and government. He also writes about development, heritage, local history, literature and the arts, as well as contributing to the Times' Panorama magazine on Saturdays. He was previously a Sunday Canberra Times reporter.

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