Jen Webb

Jen Webb reviews 'The Goldfinch'

Jen Webb
17 January 2014

Donna Tartt has produced just one novel a decade so far: The Secret History, which came out in 1992 to enormous success; The Little Friend, ten years later, which barely rippled the surface of the literary world; and now The Goldfinch, which I suspect will achieve at least the standing of her first novel. Her novels possess a signature of sorts: ... More

The Goldfinch

Jen Webb
14 January 2014

Donna Tartt has produced just one novel a decade so far: The Secret History, which came out in 1992 to enormous success; The Little Friend, ten years later, which barely rippled the surface of the literary world; and now The Goldfinch, which I suspect will achieve at least the standing of her first novel. Her novels possess a signature of sorts: ... More

The Swan Book

Jen Webb
22 August 2013
Jen Webb reviews Alexis Wright’s new novel The Swan Book, her first since the award-winning Carpentaria. Webb applauds Giramondo for publishing works ‘that offer a different way of seeing and knowing’. More

Jen Webb reviews Paul Daley's 'Canberra'

Jen Webb
25 March 2013

Canberra leads a double life: by day the federal capital, crafting legislation and performing on the world stage; at night it is transformed into a suburban neighbourhood where people cook their meals and pay their bills and water their gardens. But a pervasive view of Canberra is that it is the home only of public servants on secondment; that it is just a waste of ... More

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