Australian Fiction

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

Stephanie Trigg reviews 'Gilgamesh' by Joan London

Stephanie Trigg
07 June 2019

Joan London’s new novel, Gilgamesh, is the story of several generations of travellers, moving between Australia, London, and Europe, as far east as Armenia. As such, it is part More

Don Anderson reviews 'The Prosperous Thief' by Andrea Goldsmith

Don Anderson
07 June 2019

'History always emphasises terminal events,’ Albert Speer observed bitterly to his American interrogators just after the end of the war, according to Antony Beevor in Berlin: The Dow More

Andreas Gaile reviews 'My Life as a Fake' by Peter Carey

Andreas Gaile
07 June 2019

To an outside observer of the Australian literary and cultural scene, the Ern Malley hoax is one of those spin-offs in the Australian experience that keep on conjuring up Mark Twain’s fa More

''Tirra Lirra' and Beyond - Jessica Anderson’s truthful fictions' by Susan Sheridan

Susan Sheridan
11 February 2015
‘Everyone I talk to remembers Tirra Lirra by the River as a wonderful book, sometimes even as a life-changing one. But why don’t we hear anything about it today?’ This was a youn More

Melinda Harvey reviews 'Questions of Travel' by Michelle de Kretser

Melinda Harvey
26 September 2012

In Overland back in 2006, Ken Gelder singled out Michelle de Kretser’s first novel, The Rose Grower (1999). as evidence of a contemporary Australian literature in crisis. Its foreign and historical setting, horticultural fetish, focus on private manners and primped prose, he argued, flaunted a rarefied and élitist aesthetics that wanted nothing to d ... More

Gillian Dooley reviews 'The Burial' by Courtney Collins

Gillian Dooley
25 September 2012

 In the cheeky biographical note on the press release for her first novel, The Burial, Courtney Collins expresses a wish that she might one day be ‘a “lady” poet’. If I had read that before reading the novel, I would have been slightly alarmed: with many notable exceptions, poets tend not to make good novelists. It is true that The Burial ... More

Peter Craven on Patrick White's 'Happy Valley'

Peter Craven
30 August 2012

Happy Valley is the first of Patrick White’s novels and it is a consistently compelling book, as well as the exhilarating performance of a great writer in the making. Everyone knows the legend, rooted in truth: that Patrick White finds his voice as a consequence of the war and after discovering the love of his life in Manoly Lascaris; and that the first i ... More

Donata Carrazza reviews 'Nine Days' by Toni Jordan

Donata Carrazza
28 August 2012

Toni Jordan’s third novel, after the successful Addition (2009), takes its story from a photograph that graces the cover and that the author tells us she pondered for a long time. It is a romantic wartime scene, a crush of bodies at a Melbourne train station, mostly with soldiers bound for their unknown futures. A woman has been lifted by a stranger on the platform so she can farewel ... More

Anthony Lynch reviews 'Dissonance' by Stephen Orr

Anthony Lynch
28 August 2012

Percy Grainger has been the subject of a number of books (most notably a 1976 biography by John Bird), a play (A Whip Around for Percy Grainger, 1982) by Thérèse Radic, and a feature film, Passion (1999), by Peter Duncan. He was an avid letter-writer, and his correspondence has been anthologised and critiqued. Thanks to his eccentric way of life and sometimes erratic behavio ... More

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