Peter Rose

Peter Rose

Peter Rose is the Editor and CEO of Australian Book Review. His books include a family memoir, Rose Boys (2001), which won the National Biography Award in 2003. He has published two novels and six poetry collections, most recently The Subject of Feeling (UWA Publishing, 2015).

Peter Rose reviews 'Dear B' by Jennifer Harrison

July 1999, no. 212 01 July 1999
Peter Rose reviews 'Dear B' by Jennifer Harrison
Since the publication in 1995 of her first collection, Michelangelo’s Prisoners, Jennifer Harrison has continued to impress readers and to broaden her repertoire. Her fourth collection in as many years, the intimately entitled Dear B, consolidates her reputation and demonstrates sufficient difference and intensity to satisfy admirers of this sensitive, likeable poet. ... (read more)

'The Sound and the Fury: Uneasy times for hacks and critics' by Peter Rose

December 2004–January 2005, no. 267 01 December 2004
'The Sound and the Fury: Uneasy times for hacks and critics' by Peter Rose
My theme is the mixed and contentious business of reviewing: its influence, its limitations, its present condition in what we like to call our literary culture. I will largely confine my remarks to the literary pages of our newspapers and magazines. I don’t propose to comment on the learned journals – or criticism at monograph length issuing from the academy. (Not, sadly, that there is much of ... (read more)

Peter Rose reviews 'Sunrise West' by Jacob G. Rosenberg

October 2007, no. 295 01 October 2007
Peter Rose reviews 'Sunrise West' by Jacob G. Rosenberg
Gunther Grass, in his suave and controversial memoirs, Peeling the Onion (Harvill Secker, 2007, trans. Michael Henry Heim), rehearses many of the modern autobiographer’s qualms about the biddability of memory. Grass, with his long history of attacking other Germans’ wartime activities while concealing his own service in the Tenth SS Armoured Division, has every incentive to question the memoir ... (read more)

'Dishonouring our writers' by Peter Rose

March 2008, no. 299 01 March 2008
'Dishonouring our writers' by Peter Rose
Each year on Australia Day, newspaper readers disinter their magnifying glasses and begin to inch down the columns of this year’s national honours like proofreaders at a gala ball. And each list produces its surprises, its gratifications and its absurdities. Normally, ABR doesn’t concern itself overmuch with prizes and such. Laurels grow like grapes in this country. But the absence of creative ... (read more)

Peter Rose reviews 'Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice' by Janet Malcolm

December 2007–January 2008, no. 297 23 December 2020
Peter Rose reviews 'Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice' by Janet Malcolm
The subtitle of Janet Malcolm’s new book (published in Australia by Melbourne University Press) is Gertrude and Alice. Few names of literary couples can be so confidently trimmed. Scott and Zelda, Ted and Sylvia, George and Martha … all those happy couples. Gertrude and Alice has been used before, as the main title of Diana Souyhami’s joint study (1991), and will doubtless be used again. The ... (read more)

Peter Rose reviews 'Life Class: The education of a biographer' by Brenda Niall

April 2007, no. 290 01 April 2007
Peter Rose reviews 'Life Class: The education of a biographer' by Brenda Niall
It is rare in Australia for a literary biographer, even one of distinction, to write at book length about her intellectual formation and biographical pursuits. A country so demonstrably forgetful of its best poetry and fiction is unlikely to foster a literature of this burgeoning genre, still emerging from its decorous constraints. Elsewhere, we have Richard Holmes’s seminal Footsteps: Adventure ... (read more)

'Editorial' by Peter Rose

April 2001, no. 229 01 April 2001
'Editorial' by Peter Rose
Readers will notice major changes in this second issue of ABR for 2001. The cover looks notably different, courtesy of Chong, Text Publishing’s inimitable designer. I was delighted when Chong offered to redesign our cover. Our changed masthead seems sensible, for the magazine is known widely as ABR, after all. Readers can expect more design changes in coming issues. ... (read more)

'Thinking in headlines' by Peter Rose

September 2020, no. 424 24 August 2020
'Thinking in headlines' by Peter Rose
What we read at difficult times in our lives – plague, insurrection, divorce, major root canal work, etc. – is always telling. Carlyle, miserable and unwell at Kirkcaldy, read the whole of Gibbon straight through – twelve volumes in twelve days – with a kind of horrified fascination. I recall one friend who, at a time of ineffable tension, calmly read Les Misérables, one thousand pages lo ... (read more)

Editorial: 'An update on the pandemic and the Australia Council' by Peter Rose

May 2020, no. 421 27 April 2020
Editorial: 'An update on the pandemic and the Australia Council' by Peter Rose
What a difference a month makes! In late March, as we were sending the April issue to press, how bleak the outlook was here in Australia, but especially overseas. Future print editions seemed doubtful because of the scale of the threat and the imminent lockdown. One month later, any interruption to the print edition seems unlikely, with two caveats. Australia Post deliveries have slowed in recent ... (read more)