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David Haworth reviews Zebra & other Stories by Debra Adelaide

David Haworth
25 February 2019

As the United States tears itself to pieces over a proposed wall, which has in recent months transmogrified into a steel fence, here in Australia we have no right to be smug or to rubberne More

Open Page with Debra Adelaide

Australian Book Review
25 February 2019

Where are you happiest?

Generally where I am right now, in my study writing, but also in the garden. It is very uncomplicated. 

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Gillian Dooley reviews 'The Simple Act of Reading' edited by Debra Adelaide

Gillian Dooley
21 December 2015

Let's start with the title. The act of reading is anything but simple, as Fiona McFarlane and Gabrielle Carey both point out. Eyes, brain, and mind cooperate to create from a series of symbols with no intrinsic representative value a coherent message, or some amusing nonsense, or a persuasive argument, or a boring anecdote, or a parade of transparent lies.

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Susan Sheridan reviews 'The Women's Pages' by Debra Adelaide

Susan Sheridan
28 October 2015

In this beautifully crafted novel, two parallel stories merge. Chapters alternate between Ellis, a young woman living in Sydney in the 1960s, and Dove, a thirty-eight-year-old woman in the present day. As the novel begins, Ellis is contemplating leaving her husband and taking her baby son with her; Dove is mourning the death of her adoptive mother – and writing a ... More

The missing novels: our critics nominate some overlooked classics

Debra Adelaide et al.
24 August 2015

Early success is no guarantee of a book’s continued availability or circulation. Some major and/or once-fashionable authors recede from public consciousness, and in some cases go out of print. We invited some writers and critics to identity novelists who they feel should be better known.

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Debra Adelaide reviews 'Peripheral Vision' by Paddy O'Reilly

Debra Adelaide
29 July 2015

Just as there are ways of writing short story collections, there are also ways of reading them. I used to be a rummager, picking through collections, seeking out the title piece, dipping in here and there to ascertain the feel of the stories, then reading the book from start to finish. Conscious now of the architecture of collections, of the fact that the author has ... More