Tourist Book Report #39- The Land of the Living is a photographic novella written by James Turvey and photographed by Joe Nigel Coleman. Approximately 6” x 8 1/4”, the 64 page book is perfect bound and has a high production value courtesy of the card stock cover, glossy insert pages and offset printing. The aforementioned is a real feat given it’s a self-published book which is also rounded out by some nice features like ‘full bleed’ inside covers, some double page spreads and a photo essay at the end of the book. Without spoiling the plot, we will tell you that the novella itself is well-written and thematically deals with loss, and is an engaging read. What is most interesting about the book itself, is how the story is visually exemplified by the photographs. Typically, when you read fiction, the reader envisions ‘visuals’ inspired by the read. However, in this instance the visuals are supplied via the photography which leads to a unique, interesting and ultimately different reading experience. The photographs themselves are black and white, and almost mid-range in their tonality which beautifully pairs with the ‘voice’ of the writing. We’d encourage you to grab a copy of The Land of the Living; it’s a great ‘package’ of regional literature of photography that defines Newcastle, Australia in an original manner. The book can be purchased here, and is $5.00AUD within Australia and $10.00AUD internationally- with both prices including shipping. It’s evident that much effort went into the book which is why we encourage you to support it. The Land of the Living was reader submitted so don’t hesitate to follow their lead and send us your books, publications or zines.
The Land of the Living received an awesome shout out over at thetouristzine. Thanks for the review!