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Brian Matthews reviews 'The Tournament' by John Clarke

Brian Matthews
28 April 2017

Paris has gone crazy.’ There are people everywhere; ‘players and officials have been arriving like migrating birds’. The German team – including Hermann Hesse, Bertolt Brecht, Walt More

Peter Rose reviews 'The Spare Room' by Helen Garner

Peter Rose
02 October 2014
The Spare Room marks Helen Garner’s return to fiction after a long interval. Since Cosmo Cosmolino (1992), she has concentrated on non-fiction and journalism: newspaper colu More

Maya Linden reviews 'Zac & Mia' by A. J. Betts

Maya Linden
31 October 2013

Authentically owning a character’s experience is one of the great challenges faced by fiction writers, especially when it is something as intensely felt as living with terminal illness. It is testimony to A.J. Betts’s talent that she does so in Zac & Mia without lapsing into melodrama, rather, maintaining a voice that is youthful, contemporary, ... More

Kári Gíslason reviews 'A History of Silence' by Lloyd Jones

Kári Gíslason
25 September 2013

When Mark Twain arrived in Watsons Bay in 1895, he called out from his ship that he was going to write a book about Australia. ‘I think I ought to start now. You know so much more More

Patrick McCaughey reviews 'The Donald Friend Diaries' by Ian Britain

Patrick McCaughey
16 November 2011

For some sixty years Donald Friend kept a diary, making his final entry just days before his death in 1989 at the age of seventy-four. The National Library of Australia published them in f More

Jo Case reviews 'Hand Me Down World' by Lloyd Jones

Jo Case
15 November 2011

Lloyd Jones’s Booker-shortlisted ‘breakthrough’ novel Mister Pip (2006) began life as a collection of random memories and myths written on a wall...

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Carol Middleton reviews 'Fall Girl' by Toni Jordan

Carol Middleton
10 June 2011

After her success with Addition (2008), Toni Jordan is back with a second novel, Fall Girl, an attempt, according to Jordan, to recreate on the page the romantic screen c More

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