University of Queensland Press

Brenda Niall reviews 'A Steady Storm of Correspondence: Selected Letters of Gwen Harwood 1943–1995' edited by Gregory Kratzmann

Brenda Niall
07 August 2019
From a small island, messages in a bottle floating out to sea. That was Gwen Harwood’s image for the poems she sent out during her e More

Morag Fraser reviews 'True History of the Kelly Gang ' by Peter Carey

Morag Fraser
07 August 2019

You can’t escape the black square with the ominous slit: it’s about as familiar and inevitable in Australia as the icon for mal More

Ben Smith reviews The Night Dragon by Matthew Condon

Ben Smith
29 July 2019

In 2013, Matthew Condon published Three Crooked Kings, the first in his true crime series delving into the murky, sordid, and often brutal world of police corruption in Queensland More

Sandra R. Phillips reviews The White Girl by Tony Birch

Sandra R. Phillips
26 July 2019

If the number of reviews and interviews are indicators of a new book’s impact, Tony Birch’s novel The White Girl has landed like a B-format sized asteroid. Birch’s publisher More

Elizabeth Riddell reviews 'Oscar & Lucinda' by Peter Carey

Elizabeth Liddell
10 July 2019

From short stories Peter Carey has proceeded to long novels. This is his third. It is dense with incident and meticulously delineat More

Peter Steele reviews 'Collected Poems 1943–1995' by Gwen Harwood

Peter Steele
03 June 2019

W.H. Auden, following Samuel Butler, thought that ‘the true test of imagination is the ability to name a cat’, and plenty of people, poets, and others have believed this: to recast a d More

Paul Kane reviews 'The Poetry of Les Murray' edited by Laurie Hergenhan and Bruce Clunies Ross, 'Les Murray' by Steven Matthews, and 'Poems the Size of Photographs' by Les Murray

Paul Kane
03 June 2019

You might expect a book of eighty-eight new poems by Les Murray to be sizeable (most of his recent single volumes run to about sixty poems each). But Poems the Size of Photographs More

Robin Gerster reviews The War Artist by Simon Cleary

Robin Gerster
25 March 2019

It’s virtually axiomatic: ‘war can fuck you up’. This pithy observation, made by a veteran in The War Artist, Simon Cleary’s new novel about the travails of an Australian More

Thuy On reviews 'Swallow the Air' by Tara June Winch

Thuy On
25 March 2019

Swallow the Air won the 2004 David Unaipon Award for Indigenous Writers. Judging by this slender volume of work, the choice was a judicious one. Thematically, Tara June Winch’s début effort travels along t More

Susan Sheridan reviews Beyond Words: A year with Kenneth Cook by Jacqueline Kent

Susan Sheridan
22 February 2019

Kenneth Cook (1929-87) was a prolific author best known for his first novel, Wake in Fright (1961), which was based on his experience as a young journalist in Broken Hill in the 1 More

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