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George Dunford

George Dunford reviews 'Silent Parts' by John Charalambous

December 2006–January 2007, no. 287 01 December 2006
Australian novels about World War I are typically tales of youth sacrificed and innocence destroyed in foreign lands for the Commonwealth. A good example is David Malouf’s coming-of-age novella, Fly Away Peter (1981). Nation and character matured simultaneously in the necessary baptism of fire. From the outset, John Charalambous’s second novel, Silent Parts, proves itself to be atypical and co ... (read more)

George Dunford reviews 'Too Much Too Soon' by Stephanie Green

June 2007, no. 292 01 June 2007
In the acknowledgments to this collection of short stories, Stephanie Green tells us that these stories came to her over sixteen years. Several stories draw on her life as a teacher, academic and freelance writer. There are university yarns and staffroom intrigue, along with busy pieces from family history. Overall, these are stories of women in states of change: a wife, returning to the childhood ... (read more)