Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn is a writer, editor, publisher, and reviewer. Her work appears regularly in the Age, The Australian, and The Sydney Morning Herald. Louise was one of the founders of Sleepers Publishing, the Small Press Network, and the Stella Prize.

Louise Swinn reviews 'Izzy and Eve' by Neal Drinnan

October 2006, no. 285 01 October 2006
Louise Swinn reviews 'Izzy and Eve' by Neal Drinnan
In the bohemian district of an imaginary city not unlike a very bleak Sydney, Izzy and Eve have been living together for twenty years. Eve, who torments herself with clippings of unsolved murders, is a jeweller and also a receptionist – sometimes more – in the local brothel. Izzy draws erotic cartoons for a living, and has taken to frequenting S & M clubs. Gay men start disappearing from t ... (read more)

Louise Swinn reviews 'A Fraction of the Whole' by Steve Toltz

June 2008, no. 302 01 June 2008
Louise Swinn reviews 'A Fraction of the Whole' by Steve Toltz
A Fraction of the Whole is Sydney author Steve Toltz’s sprawling début. Wearing its misanthropic heart uproariously on its sleeve, Fraction is a long father-and-son tale that traverses continents and nods to countless literary forebears on its way. James Wood coined the term ‘hysterical realism’ as a criticism of Zadie Smith’s White Teeth (2000), saying that ‘stories and sub-stories sp ... (read more)

Louise Swinn reviews 'The Boat' by Nam Le

July–August 2008, no. 303 01 July 2008
Louise Swinn reviews 'The Boat' by Nam Le
At a time when some fiction writers are busy defending their right to incorporate autobiographical elements, and some non-fiction writers are being charged with fabrication, it seems timely of Nam Le to begin his collection of stories with one that plays with notions of authenticity in literature. The narrator of ‘Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice’, ‘Nam Le’, ... (read more)