Lines of Fire: Manning Clark and Other Writings by Peter Ryan

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December 1997–January 1998, no. 197

Lines of Fire: Manning Clark and Other Writings by Peter Ryan

Clarion Editions, $19.95 pb, 256 pp

Lines of Fire: Manning Clark and Other Writings by Peter Ryan

by
December 1997–January 1998, no. 197

This collection of Peter Ryan’s writings, Lines of Fire, is no grab-bag of oddments. The pieces included here are given an impressive unity by the author’s imposition of his presence, by his trenchancy, elegance of expression, a desire to honour the men and women of his younger days and to excoriate a present Australia in which too many people wallow in ‘an unwholesome masochistic guilt’. The finely designed cover shows a wry, ageing, wrinkled Ryan smiling benignly over his own shoulder, or rather that of his younger self, in uniform, in late teenage, during the Second World War. What happened in between is richly revealed in the elements of Lines of Fire.

Peter Pierce reviews 'Lines of Fire: Manning Clark and Other Writings' by Peter Ryan

Lines of Fire: Manning Clark and Other Writings

by Peter Ryan

Clarion Editions, $19.95 pb, 256 pp

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