Amy Baillieu

Amy Baillieu is Deputy Editor of Australian Book Review. She completed a Masters of Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne in 2011 and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the same university with majors in English Literature and French. Prior to becoming Deputy Editor of ABR in 2012, she worked in other editorial roles at the magazine and was Philanthropy Manager from 2011–12. Amy chaired the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize judging panel from 2014–17. She regularly reviews fiction for ABR and also works as a freelance editor. 

Amy Baillieu reviews 'The Good People' by Hannah Kent

October 2016, no. 385 23 September 2016
Amy Baillieu reviews 'The Good People' by Hannah Kent
After reading her début novel about Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last person to be executed in Iceland, no one is likely to pick up a book by Hannah Kent expecting a frothy comedy set in a sun-drenched contemporary location, but even for the author of Burial Rites (2013) this compelling new historical novel ventures into grim and shadowy territory. The Good People was inspired by an article about a ... (read more)

Amy Baillieu reviews 'Clade' by James Bradley

March 2015, no. 369 01 March 2015
Amy Baillieu reviews 'Clade' by James Bradley
Set in an unsettlingly convincing near future, James Bradley’s fourth novel, Clade, opens with climate scientist Adam Leith walking along an Antarctic coastline reflecting on the state of the world and on his relationship with his partner, Ellie. After six years together, their relationship is under pressure as Ellie undergoes fertility treatment. Adam is ambivalent about bringing a child into a ... (read more)

Amy Baillieu reviews 'Letter to George Clooney' by Debra Adelaide

March 2014, no. 359 28 February 2014
Amy Baillieu reviews 'Letter to George Clooney' by Debra Adelaide
There are some writers whose style is so distinctive they can be identified from a single paragraph. Sydney writer Debra Adelaide is more of a chameleon. Letter to George Clooney is Adelaide’s first short story collection. She has previously written three novels and edited several anthologies. Her first novel, The Hotel Albatross (1995), is the meandering tale of a couple trying to run a country ... (read more)

Amy Baillieu reviews 'The Sleepers Almanac No. 8' edited by Zoe Dattner and Louise Swinn

April 2013, no. 350 26 March 2013
Amy Baillieu reviews 'The Sleepers Almanac No. 8' edited by Zoe Dattner and Louise Swinn
The latest Sleepers Almanac opens with a surreal encounter between a suave cane toad, presented as an amphibian Jiminy Cricket, and the guilt-wracked mother of a drug addict (‘Happy Monday’), and ends with the elaborate imaginings of a woman trying to distract herself from the reason why she is sitting in a hospital waiting room (‘How to Talk to a Fire Extinguisher’). Other themes echoing ... (read more)

Amy Baillieu reviews 'Past the Shallows' by Favel Parrett

July–August 2012, no. 343 09 July 2012
Amy Baillieu reviews 'Past the Shallows' by Favel Parrett
The beauty and danger of the ocean and its unpredictable nature have long been fertile subjects for artists and writers, and the sea a popular and potent metaphor. In Favel Parrett’s trim, lyrical début novel Past the Shallows, shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award,the sea is once again symbolic. In fact, nearly everything in this novel feels symbolic, sometimes distractingly so. ... (read more)

Amy Baillieu reviews 'Eleven Seasons' by Paul D. Carter

June 2012, no. 342 23 May 2012
Amy Baillieu reviews 'Eleven Seasons' by Paul D. Carter
Eleven Seasons is an impressive début novel from this year’s Vogel Prize winner, Paul D. Carter. A nimble and understated coming-of-age story, it takes its rhythm and structure from football, but encompasses so much more. Over the course of the eponymous eleven seasons, Carter follows Jason’s progress from a forlorn, yearning boy into an adult, while exploring issues of identity, belonging, f ... (read more)

Championing the future – patronage at ABR

From the Editor’s Desk 03 April 2012
Although private patronage and the arts have been linked for centuries, cultural philanthropy has not typically been associated with literature in the same way that it is with art galleries, libraries, museums, and performing arts companies. But this is changing. Since we launched our Patrons Program in 2007, we’ve been delighted by the diversity, enthusiasm, and loyalty of our generous supporte ... (read more)

Amy Baillieu reviews 'Love, Honour & O'Brien' by Jennifer Rowe

July–August 2011, no. 333 29 June 2011
When Holly Love heads to the Blue Mountains to marry her fiancé, Andrew McNish, after a quick romance, she doesn’t expect to end the day penniless, homeless, jobless, and jilted. After she takes refuge in Andrew’s empty office with her few remaining possessions and a bottle of Moët, Holly’s shock is replaced by a determination to find and confront him. She hires a private investigator, the ... (read more)

Amy Baillieu reviews 'Paris Dreaming' by Anita Heiss

April 2011, no. 330 24 March 2011
Having been ‘completely screwed over by men’, Libby Cutmore is on a self-imposed and inevitably short-lived ‘man-fast’. Although she loves her job at the (fictional) National Aboriginal Gallery in Canberra, memories of New York adventures with her friend Lauren (Manhattan Dreaming, 2010), and Libby’s own sense of exclusion now that her two closest friends (‘tiddas’) are in relationsh ... (read more)
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