Millennium: Time-pieces by Australian writers by Helen Daniel

Reviewed by
September 1991, no. 134
Catherine Kenneally reviews 'Millennium: Time-pieces by Australian writers' by Helen Daniel

Millennium: Time-pieces by Australian writers

by Helen Daniel

Penguin, $14.95 pb, 342 pp

Millennium: Time-pieces by Australian writers by Helen Daniel

Reviewed by
September 1991, no. 134

You can’t write a review of millenarian ‘time-pieces’ without showing your hand. I hereby declare that the first thing I do on looking into such a collection is a simple calculation, to which the answer in this case is 16:25.

Not bad, certainly, if you compare it to a similar notional collection prepared just before 1000 CE. Not great, either. In the spirit of these times, rather than those long gone, how about proportional representation? In a straight statistical sense, that would of course mean weighting the ratio in favour of women. I contend it would also be legitimate to give women more space according to the talents of the writers working in Australia. To name some who don’t appear in this line-up, and who would certainly not have let the side down if they’d been used to bring the numbers up to 50/50: Gabrielle Lord, our best futuristic fabulist; Jean Bedford; Janet Shaw; Barbara Hanrahan; Helen Hodgman; Rosie Scott; Judy Duffy; any of a number of younger writers such as Stephanie Johnson; some of the better crime writers such as Marele Day.

Catherine Kenneally reviews 'Millennium: Time-pieces by Australian writers' by Helen Daniel

Millennium: Time-pieces by Australian writers

by Helen Daniel

Penguin, $14.95 pb, 342 pp

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