To the Islands by Randolph Stow & Tourmaline by Randolph Stow

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December 2002-January 2003, no. 247

To the Islands by Randolph Stow

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Tourmaline

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To the Islands by Randolph Stow & Tourmaline by Randolph Stow

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December 2002-January 2003, no. 247

Before the age of thirty, Randolph Stow had published five novels and a prize-winning collection of poetry. In Australia, only Kenneth Mackenzie, another Sandgroper, had made a similar youthful impact. Mackenzie’s first book, The Young Desire It, was published in 1937, though I believe drafted some time before that. Stow’s The Haunted Land (1956) was written when he was only seventeen. When another precocious young Western Australian, Tim Winton, published his first novel, he was painfully conscious of these precursors. This was crucial for Winton, because both Mackenzie and Stow were to have troubled creative lives: Mackenzie died relatively young, his later novels disadvantaged by the youthful brilliance of his first. Randolph Stow, after his three initial successes, has published only five further novels, two collections of poems and a book for children. It has been a career with long silences.

Thomas Shapcott reviews 'To the Islands' and 'Tourmaline' by Randolph Stow

To the Islands

by Randolph Stow

UQP, $19.95 pb, 186 pp

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Book Cover 2 Small

Tourmaline

by Randolph Stow

UQP, $19.95 pb, 210 pp

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