Denise O'Dea

Denise O'Dea

Denise O’Dea works as a book editor and lives in Melbourne.

Denise O’Dea reviews 'The End Of The World' by Paddy O’Reilly

May 2007, no. 291 01 May 2007
Denise O’Dea reviews 'The End Of The World' by Paddy O’Reilly
In 2005, Lisa Gorton, writing in ABR, named Paddy O’Reilly’s The Factory one of the best books of the year. It was O’Reilly’s first novel, but she was already well established as a prize-winning writer of short stories. The End of the World is a collection of those stories, and should secure her reputation as one of our most interesting, if not best-known, literary talents. The book begin ... (read more)

Denise O’Dea reviews 'Stepping Out: A novel' by Catherine Ray, translated by Julie Rose

February 2009, no. 308 01 February 2009
Denise O’Dea reviews 'Stepping Out: A novel' by Catherine Ray, translated by Julie Rose
Faced with the publication of her first novel, the narrator of Stepping Out has a terrifying thought. ‘I was about to be unmasked,’ she realises. ‘End of my double life. Everyone was about to dip into my world and find out what was really cooking there ... I felt like I’d placed a bomb and was waiting, under cover, for it to explode.’ In this unabashedly autobiographical novel, Catherin ... (read more)

Denise O'Dea reviews 'The Secret Lives of Men' by Georgia Blain

April 2013, no. 350 26 March 2013
Denise O'Dea reviews 'The Secret Lives of Men' by Georgia Blain
In one of Georgia Blain’s subtle, beautifully paced stories, a young girl is given an IQ test. Believing it to be a game, she is outraged when her older brother crows about his results and she realises she has been evaluated. Later, as an adult, she can put her childhood indignation into words: ‘I thought it was just a matter of random chance. I should have been told that there was a predeterm ... (read more)