"All with a glorious physical intensity, remembered in the writing--the harbour waters, the mountain bush, in which hearts and minds have their bodily being. The Sirens Sing is lushly immersive while maintaining an ironic scrutiny I think of as Italian--Natalia Ginzburg, Giorgio Bassani, Elena Ferrante--and Lampedusa, who wrote a story called 'The Professor and the Siren'. As well as very Sydney."
"I do like it when authors try something new. Not for the sake of it, but to achieve something different, something that only works in the novel because the novelist has been adventurous."
Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers LitBlog.
"The Sirens Sing -- the characters' voices and stories, the landscapes and the social worlds they inhabit -- had been forming in my imagination for years. I had known that I wanted this novel to be steeped in Australian atmospheres and realities of which I have powerful memories."
Memory as Research: a note from Kristel Thornell.