Anthony Lynch

Anthony Lynch reviews 'Best Summer Stories' edited by Aviva Tuffield

Anthony Lynch
26 November 2018

Many readers – though apparently not enough to have saved them – will mourn the recent demise of Black Inc.’s annual Best Australian anthologies of essays, stories, and poem More

Books of the Year 2018

Michelle de Kretser, et al.
26 November 2018

To celebrate the best books of 2018, Australian Book Review invited nearly forty contributors to nominate their favourite titles. Contributors include Michelle de Kretser

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Anthony Lynch reviews 'When I Saw the Animal' by Bernard Cohen

Anthony Lynch
25 October 2018

As a boy, I watched with fascination an early sci-fi horror film, The Blob. After a meteorite lands in Pennsylvania, a small, gelatinous blob emerges from the crater. Starting wit More

Anthony Lynch reviews 'The True Colour of the Sea' by Robert Drewe

Anthony Lynch
23 August 2018

Robert Drewe’s first short story collection, the widely acclaimed The Bodysurfers (1983), opens with a story of the Lang family – children Annie, David, and Max, taken by their recently widowed father for More

Anthony Lynch reviews 'The Wisdom Tree: Five novellas' by Nick Earls

Anthony Lynch
23 August 2016

In the final novella of Nick Earls's quintet The Wisdom Tree, a benign security guard, Wanda, misquotes Tolstoy: 'No family is perfect. But each family isn't perfect in its own .. More

Anthony Lynch reviews 'The Landing' by Susan Johnson

Anthony Lynch
26 August 2015

‘How did you even begin to fit two adult lives together so that they happily resembled a whole?’ Jonathan Lott, the main character in Susan Johnson’s tenth novel, asks himself. It is giving little away to say that by book’s end there are no definitive answers. But Jonathan’s attempts to make sense of his wife Sarah’s defection from their decades-lo ... More

Anthony Lynch: tributes to Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Anthony Lynch
25 September 2014

The title of Cassandra Atherton’s anthology, Travelling Without Gods, alludes to the particular brand of agnosticism that has run through Chris Wallace-Crabbe’s work over many decades. Journeying sans deity is evidenced strongly in the poet’s latest collection, a book which, like Atherton’s, has been published to coincide with Wallace-Crabbe’s eight ... More

'Crying on cue', a new poem by Anthony Lynch

Anthony Lynch
28 November 2013

An American wannabe child star
told the workshop of his still-born
brother. How his mother had said
the lost one, endlessly cast in a silent

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Anthony Lynch reviews Luke Davies's 'Four Plots for Magnets'

Anthony Lynch
28 August 2013

In 1982 a young Steve Kelen published a slim volume by an even younger poet by the name of Luke Davies. Four Plots for Magnets was a chapbook of thirteen poems written mostly when the poet was eighteen and nineteen. Published by Glandular Press, an outlet established by Kelen and the painter Ken Searle in 1980, this ‘sampler’ (as Kelen later calls i ... More

Anthony Lynch on Corey Wakeling's 'Goad Omen'

Anthony Lynch
27 June 2013

Early in his Literary Theory: An Introduction, Terry Eagleton quotes the Russian formalist critic Roman Jakobson: ‘[literature is writing that represents] organised violence committed on ordinary speech.’ I don’t know if Corey Wakeling has been influenced by the formalists’ theories, but Goad Omen, his energetic first collection, is reple ... More

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