Maya Linden reviews 'Darkwater' by Georgia Blain and 'This Is Shyness' by Leanne Hall


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, pervades these 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