Sue Ebury reviews 'Those Who Come After' by Elisabeth Holdsworth

Those Who Come After

by Elisabeth Holdsworth

Picador, $29.95 hb, 343 pp, 9781405040501

Wirklich, ich lebe in finsteren Zeiten. 
(Truly, I live in dark times.)

When her mother uttered that line from Bertolt Brecht’s great poem ‘An die Nachgeborenen’, Juliana – the narrator of Elisabeth Holdsworth’s first novel – knew they were in for a hard time. Janna had returned to the Netherlands from Dachau carrying a cardboard suitcase that the Americans had given her. In it was packed the rage that exploded whenever life overwhelmed her. Janna was not only Juliana’s beautiful mother; she was also her deeply damaged antagonist.

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Published in April 2011, no. 330
Sue Ebury

Sue Ebury

Sue Ebury, a Melbourne biographer and former editor and publisher, was presented with two FAW Barbara Ramsden Awards, one of which was for Michael Cannon’s Who’s Master? Who’s Man?, the first volume of Australia in the Victorian Age, which Thomas Nelson published in 1971. She is a research associate in the History Department of the University of Hong Kong. In 2010 Miegunyah Press issued a paperback edition of her 1994 book on Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop, the new title being Weary: King of the River.

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