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Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts is a Sydney writer.

Mark Roberts reviews '"I" is a Versatile Character' by Jenny Boult

July 1986, no. 82 01 July 1986
Jenny Boult’s sixth book ‘I’ is a versatile character is also her first book of prose. It follows her play Can’t Help Dreaming which was performed by the All Out Ensemble in Adelaide, and four books of poetry, including The Hotel Anonymous, which won the 1981 Anne Elder Award. The stories in this collection vary greatly in form and content, but they share a particular ‘poetic’ style w ... (read more)

Mark Roberts reviews 'The Nightmarkets' by Alan Wearne

February–March 1987, no. 88 01 February 1987
In the early seventies, the rock band Skyhooks asked ‘Whatever happened to the revolution?’ They answered themselves in the next line: ‘We all got stoned and it drifted away.’ Back in the early seventies it seemed that the rebellion of the sixties had resulted in something concrete. Whitlam was in power, the army had been withdrawn from Vietnam, the Australia Council had been established ... (read more)

Mark Roberts reviews 'Hitting the Wall' by David Foster

April 1989, no. 109 01 April 1989
I have often found myself feeling a little frustrated after reading a David Foster novel. While never doubting his ability as a writer, the convolutions of his narrative have, more than once, overshadowed his undeniably fine prose. His latest book, Hitting the Wall, a collection of two novellas, allows us the opportunity to examine how Foster handles the more urgent needs of this much shorter form ... (read more)