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Brigid Magner

Brigid Magner

Brigid Magner is a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies at RMIT University. Her monograph Locating Australian Literary Memory was published in 2019.

Brigid Magner reviews 'The Life of Such Is Life: A cultural history of an Australian classic' by Roger Osborne

August 2022, no. 445 28 July 2022
‘Such is life’ is a common phrase in Australian popular culture – it has even been tattooed on bodies – but Joseph Furphy’s novel of the same name, published in 1903, is often forgotten. Ned Kelly mythology suggests that he uttered this phrase just before being hanged in 1880, though some historians argue that what he actually said was, ‘Ah well, I suppose’. Long before Furphy (1843 ... (read more)

Brigid Magner reviews 'Loop Tracks' by Sue Orr

March 2022, no. 440 21 February 2022
After being published to acclaim in Aotearoa by Victoria University Press in 2021, Sue Orr’s Loop Tracks was picked up by Terri-ann White, formerly of UWA Publishing, now at Upswell Publishing. A second-time novelist, Orr is represented by agent Martin Shaw, who has also supported authors such as Pip Adam and Ingrid Horrocks to be published across the Tasman. ... (read more)

Brigid Magner reviews 'The Mountain Shadow' by Gregory David Roberts

January-February 2016, no. 378 17 December 2015
Devoted fans have been awaiting the sequel to Gregory David Roberts's cult classic Shantaram for twelve years. A bestselling book in Australia and overseas, Shantaram centres on Lin, an escaped Australian criminal who becomes a Bombay gangster. Loosely based on the author's own life, Shantaram encouraged an intriguing frisson between the writer and his protagonist. ... (read more)