October 2012, no. 345

October 2012, no. 345

Ian Britain reviews 'The Two Frank Thrings'

Ian Britain

How lucky we were! My ‘baby boomer’ generation in Melbourne grew up on stories of the second Frank Thring (1926–94), which competed in outrageousness with the anecdotes we heard of Barry Humphries; and throughout the 1960s we had the opportunity – more so in t ...

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'The Watch Tower' by Elizabeth Harrower

Kerryn Goldsworthy

‘Too many vampires,’ wrote Patrick White. The year was 1980; the document was a letter to Shirley Hazzard; the subject was their friend and fellow novelist Elizabeth Harrower, who had published nothing but a handful of uncollected short stories since 1966. ‘Eliz ...

Jennifer Lindsay's essay: 'Man on the Margins'

Jennifer Lindsay

‘If Indonesia were a person,’ a good friend in Jakarta said to me, ‘it would be Goenawan.’ I know what she means. There is nothing black and white about him. He is a complex man, multi-faceted, charming and exasperating, full of conviction and contradiction, a ...

James Ley reviews 'The Voyage' by Murray Bail

James Ley

Murray Bail’s fiction has often been interpreted in light of its explicit rejection of a prevailing tradition of Australian realism that someone once described as ‘dun-coloured’. This rejection has manifested itself in his willingness to appropriate some of Aust ...

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