P.A. O'Reilly: The Fine Colour of Rust

Rural grit

Alice Robinson


The Fine Colour of Rust
by P.A. O’Reilly
Blue Door, $29.99 pb, 248 pp, 9780007456390


Paddy O’Reilly’s début novel, The Factory (2005), was widely commended, and her collection of short fiction, The End of the World (2007), garnered recognition in several major literary prizes. Published under the name P.A. O’Reilly, thereby distinguishing it from the author’s more literary works, O’Reilly’s second novel, The Fine Colour of Rust, marks a departure in style for the author; a shift toward more commercial writing. Even so, O’Reilly’s literary skill and startling wit are evident in this feel-good novel, bringing the fictional town of Gunapan alive in all its homely intricacy, and dust.

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Published in April 2012 no. 340
Alice Robinson

Alice Robinson

Alice Robinson lectures in creative writing for the Bachelor of Writing and Publishing at NMIT, Melbourne. Her reviews, essays and fiction have been published in print and online for a range of publications including Arena Magazine, Kill Your Darlings and Text Journal among others. Alice will submit a creative writing PhD focusing on climate change and Australian literature in 2012.

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