Sien has filed 32 patents.
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Aug 25, 2023
How to Love Your Daughter Hila Blum, Bloomsbury, $32.99 Credit: Total estrangement between family members holds a peculiar fascination for those of us fortunate enough not to have experienced it. You’ll have no trouble imagining how even love might cause such a rift after reading Hila Blum’s How to Love Your Daughter. It begins with Yoella, spying upon her daughter Leah (and two grandchildren she has never met) having dinner in an Amsterdam suburb. She has flown from her home in Israel, many years after Leah cut her out of her life without a word, and flies back again after a tantalising glimpse of her child, determined to make sense of what went wrong between them. In this sense, it is a detective novel in which suspect and sleuth are one and the same. Disquiet builds as Yoella sifts through the past for clues, dredging up memories of her late husband Meir, and the family’s life together as Leah grew up. A tenuous hope survives this quietly observed examination of how maternal love can misfire, stifling what it strives to nurture. Audition Credit: Three giants hurtle through the galaxy aboard the spaceship Audition. Alba, Stanley and Drew have grown and will continue to grow unless they talk, which they do unceasingly, both to restrain their alarming bodily expansion and to fuel their vessel as it searches for a new home among the stars. Blending science fiction and social realism, Pip Adam’s Audition is an audacious novel that gives voice to the marginalised and underprivileged, and as the enforced stream of chatter burgeons, it becomes clear each of the giants is a social outcast jettisoned from Earth as punishment. It can be a tough read – the dialogue writhes between small talk and desperate confession with limited insight; it often rides waves of inarticulacy. And yet this bleak experimental fable arrives at new possibilities, the implied critique of the society from which the characters have been exiled yielding to alien worlds. It won’t be for everyone, but there’s a bold integrity to this outlier of a novel that will attract writers and readers interested in pushing the limits of genre. Credit: Silvia Kwon, Macmillan, $34.99 More has been unearthed over the past few years about the biography of Sien Hoornik, Vincent van Gogh’s only live-in lover, but many details remain sketchy and a novelistic treatment has plenty of gaps for the imagination to fill. Silvia Kwon takes us to The Hague in 1882, where the struggling artist first takes in Sien and her young daughter on a bitterly cold winter’s night. They will live together for 18 months, Vincent entranced by her strength of personality and the hardships endured in her former life as a sex worker. Sien takes on the role of model and muse – to survive, though she is convinced she will die by her own hand – but as the connection between the couple deepens, they face intense hostility from Vincent’s immediate family. Novels portraying artists and muses, especially those paying attention to the woman’s perspective, are almost a subgenre in themselves, and this one should appeal to art lovers curious for insight into a formative relationship involving a famously tormented artistic genius. God Forgets About the Poor Peter Polites, Ultimo Press, $34.99 Advertisement A tender novel about a migrant mother, God Forgets About the Poor starts winningly in the imperative mood … as if the writer’s mother were bossing him about, offering unsolicited advice and anecdotes about why and how her story should be told. The tale stretches from poverty and civil war – hardships difficult for the mother’s descendants in Australia to imagine – in a remote mountain village on a Greek island. The contrast with 21st century Sydney couldn’t be starker. Villagers confront death as an inescapable reality: they’re bound together by the struggle to survive, the beauty of the landscape, intensity of religious feeling. This imagined Greek village is draped not in nostalgia but a vibrant earthiness, a dignity in the face of conditions that were anything but dignified. Peter Polites is also sensitive to the ways in which migrant stories can be reduced, stereotyped and consumed in mainstream publishing, and is at pains to give voice to the complexity and richness of his subject’s experience. NON-FICTION PICK OF THE WEEK My Mother, The Spy Credit: Mercia Masson, journalist and spy, mother of Cindy Dobbin, started working for naval intelligence in 1943 and was later recruited by ASIO to report on the Communist Party and suspected spy rings. But her daughter knew virtually nothing about Mercia’s double life (and she emerges as a cold and distant mother) until after she died. Mind you, Masson had been exposed in 1955 by the Petrov Royal Commission, because of which she claimed to have “lost everything”. For the most part, though, this is a realistic portrait of the humdrum activities of most spy work, all written in the third person from the point of view of the daughter trying to discover who her mother was. Among other things, it asks the question if the clandestine life of operatives is imposed on them by the secrecy of their work, or whether certain types are drawn to it. Your Name Is Not Anxious Stephanie Dowrick, Allen & Unwin, $29.99 Credit: Frederick Nietzsche famously called his chronic pain “dog”, attempting to control it as you would a pet. Stephanie Dowrick, writer and psychotherapist, addressing the reader – in particular anyone suffering anxiety – directly as “you”, makes a similar point. “You” are in control and this, basically, is a handbook for self-therapy. Chronic anxiety “colonises” the sufferer, making them feel powerless. The task is to “de-colonise” yourself and put anxiety in its place through self-therapy (not ruling out consultative therapy). At the core of this is getting in contact with the total of your being, physical, intellectual and spiritual, contextualising anxiety and, among other things, being kind to yourself. Using case studies and personal history she expertly guides the reader through complex material, making perfect sense. Shake Some Action Stuart Coupe, Penguin, $35 Not many people can claim to have saved Richard Ford’s life, but Stuart Coupe can, after the American writer looked the wrong way before crossing the street and was hauled back by Coupe, supposedly in the nick of time. This book is mainly a catalogue of encounters, largely as music writer and manager, in the rock business. And it’s an impressive catalogue, from the spectacular (hanging out backstage with Bruce Springsteen in Paris, not to mention Mick Jagger), to the seedy (observing roadies selecting female fans in the ’70s for an unnamed band’s pleasure). It’s also, to some extent, an incidental retrieval of how journalism has changed over the decades – Coupe recounting his experience of taking copy into the newspaper office and handing it to the editor. Woven into this is his Launceston childhood and the origins of his passion for music writing. Credit: Ulbe Bosma, Belknap Press, $63.95 Once, like salt and pepper, the granules extracted from cane known as “white gold” were a luxury only the richest could savour. But from the middle ages a massive industry evolved, to the extent that today the average European consumes 40 kilos of sugar a year (60 in the US). It is an industry with a seriously dark past and a menacing present in terms of world health, WHO declaring sugar-driven obesity a pandemic in 1999. Ulbe Bosma’s history of sugar is also a case study of global capitalism over the centuries, colonial wars, and the deadly slave trade that made the industry possible. It may be a history of a sweet substance, but it has a bitter aftertaste. Like most studies that tell us how rubber, salt and paper changed the world, it’s formulaic. But it’s an interesting account of how sugar seeped into the global digestive system. Credit: The Booklist is a weekly newsletter for book lovers from books editor Jason Steger. Get it delivered every Friday . Save
Sien Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When was Sien founded?
Sien was founded in 2006.
What is Sien's latest funding round?
Sien's latest funding round is Series B.
How much did Sien raise?
Sien raised a total of $7.85M.
Who are the investors of Sien?
Investors of Sien include 360 Capital Partners, Sofimac Innovation and Net Partners.
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