August 2005, no. 273

August 2005, no. 273

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'The Secret River' by Kate Grenville

Kerryn Goldsworthy

Kate Grenville is a brave woman. For some years now, the representation of Aboriginal people by white writers has been hedged about by a thicket of post­colonial anxieties, profoundly problematic and important but too often manifested as hostile, holier-than-thou critique, indulging, at its most inept ..

James Ley reviews 'The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers' by Delia Falconer

James Ley

It is eight years since Delia Falconer published her successful début novel, The Service of Clouds. Eight years is a long time. It took James Joyce eight years to write Ulysses (1922). Eight years is one year longer than Joseph Heller laboured over Catch-22 (1961) and about six years longer than it took George Eliot to knock out Middlemarch (1871-72).