Rhyll McMaster

Rhyll McMaster reviews 'Where the Trees Were' by Inga Simpson

Rhyll McMaster
29 March 2016

It has been two hundred and seventy-six years since Pamela was published, the first piece of writing in English in the novel form; it was a structure designed both to entertain and instruct, and still we are debating if the concept was a good idea.

Inga Simpson is the author of two previous novels, Mr Wigg (2013) and More

Bronwyn Lea reviews 'Late Night Shopping' by Rhyll McMaster

Bronwyn Lea
20 April 2012

Broadly speaking, there are two types of epitaphs: those formulated by loved ones to describe the living qualities of the interred; and those that would presume to speak from the grave. Wr More

Rhyll McMaster reviews 'Forecast: Turbulence' by Janette Turner Hospital

Rhyll McMaster
24 November 2011

Janette Turner Hospital, who grew up in Brisbane, has taught in Australian and overseas universities, and is well regarded as a novelist and short story writer; among several prizes she has won the Patrick White Award. The stories in her new collection, Forecast: Turbulence, are set in several places where she has lived, including Canada and the American South, where the weather is sim ... More

Rhyll McMaster reviews 'Sydney' by Delia Falconer

Rhyll McMaster
12 October 2011

Delia Falconer’s Sydney, the third in a series from NewSouth in which leading Australian authors write about their hometowns, is like its harbour, brimful with tones, vivid with More

Rhyll Mcmaster reviews 'The Secret Fate of Mary Watson' by Judy Johnson

Rhyll McMaster
24 May 2011

Mary Watson’s tale begins in Brisbane in the 1870s, when, aged nineteen, she flees an abusive and drunkard father and finds employment as a pianist in a whorehouse in Cooktown run by a Frenchman, Charley Boule. Determined to improve her prospects, she secretly signs on to more lucrative employment: spying on smuggling rackets. It is not clear what is being smuggled – it might be guns – bu ... More