Josephine Taylor

Josephine Taylor reviews 'The Lucky Galah' by Tracy Sorensen

Josephine Taylor
26 April 2018

In 1969, in a quintessentially Australian town on the remote north-west coast, the locals prepare to celebrate their role in the moon landing. In 2000, as the townsfolk brace themselves fo More

Josephine Taylor reviews 'The Gulf' by Anna Spargo-Ryan

Josephine Taylor
25 August 2017

Shortly after her son, Luke, was murdered by his father, Rosie Batty spoke of the non-discriminatory nature of family violence: ‘No matter how nice your house is, how intelligent you are. It can happen to anyone, and everyone.’ If Batty’s is an example of the less easily imagined site of domestic violence, Anna Spargo-Ryan’s second novel, The Gulf, ... More

Josephine Taylor reviews 'Where the Light Falls' by Gretchen Shirm

Josephine Taylor
20 December 2016

In the midst of preparing for an important London exhibition, photographer Andrew is drawn back to Australia by the sudden disappearance of his former girlfriend, Kirsten ...

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Josephine Taylor reviews 'Our Tiny, Useless Hearts' by Toni Jordan

Josephine Taylor
23 May 2016

It is the morning after a husband's affair has been discovered, and the house is in chaos: the opening to Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (1877) is deliberately evoked in Toni ...

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Josephine Taylor reviews 'The Bauhinia Tree' by Kankawa Nagarra Olive Knight

Josephine Taylor
26 February 2016

Kankawa Nagarra Olive Knight is a leader in the Wangkatjungka community, south-east of Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley. For The Bauhinia Tree, her eventful seventy-year life story was recorded by Terri-ann White, then 'transcribed and refined' by White and Kankawa Knight. While the material has been edited to remove hesitations and interventions, the oral ... More

Josephine Taylor reviews 'The Best Australian Stories 2015' edited by Amanda Lohrey

Josephine Taylor
18 December 2015

In Jo Case's 'Something Wild', young single mother Kristen is tempted to rediscover 'the thrill of doing what she feels like, just to see what happens'. She could be speaking for characters in many of the pieces in The Best Australian Stories 2015, a collection that features people on the verge of transgression. As Amanda Lohrey writes in her introduction, ... More

Josephine Taylor reviews 'The Hands' by Stephen Orr

Josephine Taylor
27 November 2015

The Wilkie family has farmed cattle at the edge of the desert for 130 years. When catastrophe strikes, three generations of men must wrestle with secrets from the past and the present. The decision whether or not to continue on a failing station becomes critical; definitive action no less testing.

The subtitle juxtaposes elegy and irony: though some characte ... More

Josephine Taylor reviews 'Westerly 60.1' edited by Lucy Dougan and Paul Clifford

Josephine Taylor
30 September 2015

Issue 59.2 marked Westerly’s sixtieth year of publication and the retirement of its co-editors. Issue 60.2 will be the first with Catherine Noske in charge. Unsurprisingly the editors describe this issue as ‘a bridge between two distinct eras’. There are links to the past in previousl ... More