Michael Duffy: The Simple Death

Trojan abyss

Don Anderson


The Simple Death
by Michael Duffy
Allen & Unwin, $29.99 pb, 409 pp, 9781742375526


Michael Duffy, perhaps best known as a newspaper columnist and contrarian, and co-presenter with Paul Comrie-Thomson of ABC Radio National’s conservative corrective Counterpoint, has also been an editor, notably of the Independent Monthly (1993–96), and a publisher. In 1996 he set up his own company, Duffy & Snellgrove, which mainly produced serious non-fiction books, but also John Birmingham’s He Died with a Felafel in His Hand (1994) and the poetry of Les Murray. This house regrettably ceased publishing new titles in 2004. Duffy is also the author of Man of Honour (2003), a biography of John Macarthur, and Latham and Abbott (2004),which traced a self-explanatory rivalry.

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Published in March 2011 no. 329

Don Anderson

Don Anderson is the author/editor of eight books, collections of essays and reviews, and anthologies of prose, largely of texts from the Americas, Australia, and Europe. For fourteen years in the 1980s and 1990s he was a regular literary columnist in the National Times and the Sydney Morning Herald. He was for thirty years a member of the English department at the University of Sydney, where he taught American, Irish, and Australian literature, and literary theory. He was for some years a member of the Advisory Panel of ABR.

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