Geordie Williamson

Geordie Williamson

Geordie Williamson is the author of The Burning Library: Our greatest novelists lost and found (2011).

Geordie Williamson reviews 'In Search of Mary Shelley: The girl who wrote Frankenstein' by Fiona Sampson

August 2018, no. 403 26 July 2018
Geordie Williamson reviews 'In Search of Mary Shelley: The girl who wrote Frankenstein' by Fiona Sampson
A healthy suspicion should surround books that arrive neatly on some commemorative due date – in this case, the bicentenary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It is not that biographer Fiona Sampson is less than able and diligent in her efforts to celebrate a novel which has resonated like few others during the long modernity inaugurated by the European Romantics. Nor is it wrong that she should ... (read more)

Geordie Williamson reviews 'Last Stories' by William Trevor

June-July 2018, no. 402 24 May 2018
Geordie Williamson reviews 'Last Stories' by William Trevor
‘In nearly all Trevor’s stories,’ wrote V.S. Pritchett almost four decades ago, ‘we are led on at first by plain unpretending words about things done to prosaic people; then comes this explosion of conscience, the assertion of will which in some cases may lead to hallucination and madness.’ Even here, in this collection drawing together those final stories left after William Trevor’s d ... (read more)

Geordie Williamson reviews 'The Passage of Love' by Alex Miller

November 2017, no. 396 25 October 2017
Geordie Williamson reviews 'The Passage of Love' by Alex Miller
Every author has some version of origin story: a narrative describing what it was that first compelled him or her to write, or at least what attracted them to the role. You can hear the tale harden into myth as an emerging author shapes themselves to those obligatory rubrics of self-disclosure required by writers’ festivals. Sometimes the transition from would-be novelist or short story writer i ... (read more)

Geordie Williamson reviews 'Poetry Notebook 2006–2014' by Clive James

January-February 2015, no. 368 01 January 2015
Geordie Williamson reviews 'Poetry Notebook 2006–2014' by Clive James
Poetry ‘cannot be an ark to help us survive the flood’, wrote Zbigniew Herbert in 1948: ‘It has to be our daily bread, an article of primary need.’ Nothing could be more truly said of Clive James’s approach to poetry. His latest assemblage of essays, reviews, and miscellanea, collected over the years that straddle his diagnosis of leukemia, feel necessary as oxygen. There is a quiet rest ... (read more)

Robert Drewe (ed.): The Best Australian Essays 2010

December 2010–January 2011, no. 327 06 December 2010
An anthology of ‘irresolute fancies’ Geordie Williamson   The Best Australian Essays 2010 edited by Robert Drewe Black Inc., $29.95, 400 pp, 9781863954945   Michel de Montaigne thought little of constancy. It was change in slow motion, he said – ‘a more languishing movement’. The first and still the most miraculous exponent of the essay form instead bragged about his embra ... (read more)
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