Kate Holden

Kate Holden reviews 'A Loving, Faithful Animal' by Josephine Rowe

Kate Holden
27 April 2016

'That was the summer ...' begins Josephine Rowe's début novel, A Loving, Faithful Animal, and with this classic overture she evokes that most common of literary tropes, the summer in adolescence that changes everything. But this is the summer, she continues, when a sperm whale washes up dead at Mount Martha, and all the best cartoons go off the air, replac ... More

Kate Holden reviews 'The Empress Lover' by Linda Jaivin

Kate Holden
26 March 2014
In Linda Jaivins’ new novel, the protagonist is a Jaivinesque Australian expat shivering in a Beijing butong room. Kate Holden follows the twists and turns of The Empress Lover, with certain reservations. More

Kate Holden reviews 'The Last Thread' by Michael Sala

Kate Holden
20 January 2012

Memoir, it seems, is proliferating ever more furiously in Australia, filling bookshelves and review pages like bacteria in still water. We are insatiable in our appetite to read and write memoir, to feel the ‘real’. As a memoirist myself, I am all too aware of my hypocrisy in feeling uneasy about this rage for introspection. But memoir is most successfu ... More

Felicity Plunkett reviews 'The Romantic' by Kate Holden

Felicity Plunkett
15 November 2011

For a book featuring a lot of sex, The Romantic – whose title could be ironic, acerbic, or hopeful – disgust is not the most obvious predominant motif readers might expect...< More

Kate Holden reviews 'I Hate Martin Amis Et Al.' by Peter Barry

Kate Holden
24 May 2011

Milan Zorec, protagonist of I Hate Martin Amis Et Al., walks into the London office of a literary agency that has rejected his novel and terrorises the agent before going to jail, where he decides to travel to besieged Sarajevo in order to vent his spleen by assassinating innocent civilians. In the light of this, and for other reasons, a reviewer of this disquieting, artful novel must ... More