From the Archive

Helen Garner reviews That Eye The Sky by Tim Winton

Helen Garner
20 June 2019

This book is about a twelve-year-old boy called Ort Flack, into whose life, at a moment of drastic need, bursts none other than God, in the form of a silvery white cloud. The cloud has bee More

Kate McFadyen reviews Carpentaria by Alexis Wright

Kate McFadyen
20 June 2019

There is a mesmerising scene in Carpentaria when Joseph Midnight is asked if he has seen the fugitive Will Phantom, a young local Aboriginal man who is single-handedly waging a gu More

Marion Halligan reviews 'Cloudstreet' by Tim Winton

Marion Halligan
07 June 2019

What do you do when you wake up in the morning and feel the shifty shadow of God lurking? You stay in bed, and hope that it’ll pass you by, that’s what. Sam Pickles doesn’t. He goes More

Brian McFarlane reviews 'Dirt Music' by Tim Winton

Brian McFarlane
03 June 2019

Talk about unlikely associations. My first response to the opening chapter of Tim Winton’s latest novel was how its sense of a li More

James Ley reviews 'Slow Man' by J.M. Coetzee

James Ley
03 June 2019

Slow Man begins with an accident. Paul Rayment is cycling along an Adelaide street when he is struck by a car. When he eme More

Louise Swinn reviews The Boat by Nam Le

Louise Swinn
23 April 2019

At a time when some fiction writers are busy defending their right to incorporate autobiographical elements, and some non-fiction writers are being charged with fabrication, it seems timel More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'Elizabeth Costello: Eight lessons' by J.M. Coetzee

Kerryn Goldsworthy
05 March 2019

Something like a double helix of dialectical thinking winds its graceful way through these ‘eight lessons’. Ideas and theories More

Evelyn Juers reviews 'The Feel of Steel' by Helen Garner

Evelyn Juers
05 March 2019

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James Bradley reviews 'The White Earth' by Andrew McGahan

James Bradley
26 December 2018

‘White’ and ‘earth’ are not words that sit easily together in an Australian context, so much so that placing them thus seems almost deliberately unsettling. Juxtaposed, they only s More