Georgia Blain: Darkwater and Leanne Hall: This is Shyness

Tourists to the dark side

Maya Linden


by Georgia Blain
Random House
$18.95 pb, 278 pp, 9781864719833


This is Shyness
by Leanne Hall
Text Publishing
$19.95 pb, 274 pp, 9781921656521


Darkness, both literal and symbolic, pervadesthese two recent books. Darkwater, the first Young Adult title by established writer Georgia Blain (author of four novels, including Closed for Winter, 1998), and a début book, This is Shyness by Leanne Hall, trace the aftermath of events in which brightness gives way to ‘sudden black’ in the lives of teenage characters.

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Published in April 2011 no. 330
Maya Linden

Maya Linden

Maya Linden has lived and worked in the United States and in Australia as a writer, researcher, restaurant and bar critic, book reviewer, and teacher of Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. She has recently completed a PhD on feminine masochism in women’s literature at the University of Adelaide, and her creative and critical writing has been published in many local and international journals, including Meanjin, Westerly, Life Writing and Australian Book Review, as well as several anthologies. Her website is

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