Stephen Orr

Gregory Day reviews 'Incredible Floridas' by Stephen Orr

Gregory Day
02 March 2018

Despite the detailed excavatory art of the finest biographies, sometimes it takes the alchemical power of fiction to approximate the emotional geography of a single human and his or her mi More

#17 Stephen Orr reads 'Ambassadors from Another Time'

02 November 2017

From the Herbig family who lived in a hollowed out tree trunk to Dr Bosisto’s ‘Syrup of Red Gum’, from the trauma and regeneration of bushfires to the ill-fated Burnside Village tree, the Tree of Knowledge, and the ‘dig tree’ - how can we understand Australia’s complex relationship with the eucalypt? The More

‘Ambassadors from Another Time’ by Stephen Orr

Stephen Orr
28 September 2017

First, I need to visit Dean Nicolle’s eucalypt arboretum. Four hundred rows of trees, four specimens of each species of Eucalyptus, Corymbia, and Angophora (th More

Catherine Noske reviews 'Datsunland' by Stephen Orr

Catherine Noske
29 May 2017

Datsunland, a collection of short stories and the latest from Stephen Orr, is in many ways flawed. The collection is uneven: the final (titular) work is a novella previously published in a 2016 issue of Griffith Review, which overwhelms the earlier, shorter stories, exhibiting the depth and nuance which several others lack. The narratives and chara ... More

News from the Editor's desk - April 2017

Australian Book Review
23 March 2017

Fellowships galore

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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