David Matthews

David Matthews is an Adelaide critic and former editorial assistant on The Adelaide Review.

'A tribute to Brian Matthews' by David Matthews

July 2022, no. 444 25 June 2022
'A tribute to Brian Matthews' by David Matthews
My father, Brian Matthews, who has died of cancer aged eighty-five, was a contributor to Australian Book Review for forty years. He enthusiastically supported the journal from the early days of its re-establishment in 1978 under the editorship of John McLaren. He wrote for it prolifically under later editors – never more so than under the current editorship. A founder of Australian studies in t ... (read more)

David Matthews reviews 'Tin Toys' by Anson Cameron and 'Stormy Weather' by Michael Meehan

April 2000, no. 219 01 April 2000
David Matthews reviews 'Tin Toys' by Anson Cameron and 'Stormy Weather' by Michael Meehan
These two second novels are rapid follow-ups to acclaimed début novels, Anson Cameron’s Silences Long Gone and Michael Meehan’s The Salt of Broken Tears. Each is, in its own way, resolutely vernacular. Meehan writes about the past and the country; Cameron writes largely about the city, very much today. In Tin Toys, nevertheless, the characters are very aware of the Australian past. The centr ... (read more)

David Matthews reviews 'The Tazyrik Year' by Alan Gould

June 1998, no. 201 26 August 2021
David Matthews reviews 'The Tazyrik Year' by Alan Gould
A man waits outside a schoolyard and watches a young girl who, it seems, is his daughter, though she doesn’t know him. What appears to be an internal dialogue between the man and the child’s mother commences, set apart from the main text. It is a self-conscious narrative manoeuvre. The narrator, Jules Pyatt, after all has a thesis in English literature behind him (abandoned). He knows what nar ... (read more)

David Matthews reviews 'Running Backwards Over Sand' by Stephanie Dowrick

February–March 1987, no. 88 01 February 1987
David Matthews reviews 'Running Backwards Over Sand' by Stephanie Dowrick
With her first novel (published in 1985 and now available in paperback), publisher and writer Stephanie Dowrick has created a long and uneven though often absorbing work, tracing the life of Zoë Delighty from birth to mature womanhood. It is a testament to the heroine’s survival of the vicissitudes of her active life, and her struggle to counter the malign influences of her girlhood which dog h ... (read more)