Jay Daniel Thompson

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'Ghost Wife' by Michelle Dicinoski

Jay Daniel Thompson
06 March 2013

Ghost Wife is a timely text, given the recent debates about same-sex marriage. Michelle Dicinoski writes about travelling to Canada in 2005 to marry her girlfriend, Heather.

The pair met while undertaking postgraduate studies in Queensland. By marrying, they wanted to make a ‘permanent record’ of their relationship. ... More

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'The Darkest Little Room' by Patrick Holland

Jay Daniel Thompson
29 November 2012
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he Darkest Little Room, Patrick Holland’s latest novel, looks at sexual slavery and obsession in South-East Asia. The protagonist is Joseph, an Australian reporter travelling in Vietnam. Intent on finding a beautiful woman glimpsed briefly, he receives word that she may be working in a brothel known as ‘the darkest little room’. In pursuing ... More

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'Midnight Empire' by Andrew Croome

Jay Daniel Thompson
26 October 2012

Midnight Empire, the second novel by Canberra author Andrew Croome, depicts political intrigue and acts of violence that play out against the backdrop of the so-called ‘war on terror’.

The protagonist is Daniel Carter, a young Australian computer programmer who arrives in Las Vegas for business purposes. Daniel develops a taste for cards and has a ... More

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'To the Highlands' by Jon Doust

Jay Daniel Thompson
25 September 2012

In To the Highlands, the second instalment in a trilogy entitled ‘One Boy’s Journey to Man’, Jon Doust provides a gripping examination of racism and male sexuality in 1960s Australia.

In the novel’s opening pages, Jack Muir arrives on some unnamed ‘islands’ to take up a banking job. Muir is barely out of high school. His early days in his ... More

David Gilbey (ed.): fourW twenty-two

Jay Daniel Thompson
28 August 2012

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fourW twenty-two
edited by David Gilbey
fourWpress, $25 pb, 174 pp, 9780958675987

 

 

f ourW twenty-two is an initiative of the Booranga Writers’ Centre in Wagga Wagga. This current edition features short stories and ... More

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'The Meaning of Grace' by Deborah Forster

Jay Daniel Thompson
23 April 2012

Three years after her first novel, The Book of Emmett, which chronicled the trials and tribulations of a troubled family, Melbourne writer Deborah Forster covers similar territory in her second, The Meaning of Grace. It opens with an elderly woman named Grace dying of cancer in hospital, then rewinds several decades, back to when a much younger Grace and her children moved to ... More

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'Vanda and Young' by John Tait and 'Behind the Rock and Beyond' by Jon Hayton and Leon Isackson

Jay Daniel Thompson
23 December 2011

 The history of Australian rock music is rich and eclectic. Vanda and Young: Inside Australia’s Hit Factory and Behind the Rock and Beyond: The Diary of a Rock Band, 1956–1980 provide two perspectives on the early years of rock music in this country. John Tait, owner of a second-hand record and bookshop in Melbourne and a self-confessed ... More

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'When We Have Wings' by Claire Corbett

Jay Daniel Thompson
29 June 2011

When We Have Wings, the first novel by Blue Mountains journalist Claire Corbett, offers an ambitious and politically engaged blend of detective narrative, family melodrama, and futuristic thriller. In the dystopian world that Corbett depicts, social élites are distinguished by their ability to fly. These elect ‘fliers’ soar through the air using genuine wings. One such flier is th ... More

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews ' The Blood Countess' by Tara Moss

Jay Daniel Thompson
04 May 2011

he Blood Countess is the latest novel by author and media identity Tara Moss. The book promises to be the first in a series about Pandora English, a fashion journalist who socialises with the undead ...  More

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'The Indignities' by Graeme Aitken

Jay Daniel Thompson
21 April 2011

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The Indignities is the sequel to Vanity Fierce (1998). In this new book, Graeme Aitken provides another provocative perspective on love and other catastrophes in Sydney’s gay male community.

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