Agnes Nieuwenhuizen

Agnes Nieuwenhuizen

Agnes Nieuwenhuizen was born in Iran of Hungarian parents. Her family emigrated to Australia in 1949. After many years as a secondary school teacher, Agnes decided to pursue her interest in youth literature and promoting reading. She established the Youth Literature Program and later the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria. She was widely published in the field. After her retirement in 2005 Agnes focused on reviewing adult fiction, memoirs, and works on reading, as well as the occasional YA book.

Agnes Nieuwenhuizen reviews 'Australian Lives: An intimate history' by Anisa Puri and Alistair Thomson

August 2017, no. 393 23 July 2017
Agnes Nieuwenhuizen reviews 'Australian Lives: An intimate history' by Anisa Puri and Alistair Thomson
Meet Ruth Apps, born 1926 and gleefully proud of her Irish convict ancestry. Her father lost the use of an arm in Gallipoli and was also mentally affected. During World War II he slept in the yard to avoid bombs. Ruth won a scholarship to a selective girls’ high school in Sydney when few girls were educated beyond primary school. She did well and gained work as a stenographer. She loved going to ... (read more)

Reading Australia: 'Zac and Mia' by A.J. Betts

Reading Australia 02 November 2016
In the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s there was a flurry of what were called ‘single issue’ or ‘problem’ novels for teenagers. The books focused on problems or issues that frequently confronted teenagers, such as bullying, anorexia, child abuse, depression, suicide, unplanned pregnancies, struggles over friendships, puberty, divorce, and more. These were indeed matters faced by young people ... (read more)

Agnes Nieuwenhuizen reviews 'Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil' by Melina Marchetta

December 2016, no. 387 29 November 2016
Agnes Nieuwenhuizen reviews 'Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil' by Melina Marchetta
Much has been made of the fact that Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is Melina Marchetta’s first adult novel. Marchetta is best known for her Young Adult titles, which include Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, and On the Jellicoe Road lively, popular works about the intense lives and tribulations of teenagers and their families, often in a cross-cultural (Italian–Australian) context. Hav ... (read more)

Agnes Nieuwenhuizen reviews 'Saved to Remember: Raoul Wallenberg, Budapest 1944 and after' by Frank Vajda

October 2016, no. 385 26 September 2016
Agnes Nieuwenhuizen reviews 'Saved to Remember: Raoul Wallenberg, Budapest 1944 and after' by Frank Vajda
'Is the Mystery of Raoul Wallenberg's Death Finally Solved?' asked a headline in Israel's Haaretz newspaper, on 6 August 2016. The New York Times published a similar story, reporting on the publication of Notes from a Suitcase: Secret diaries of the first KGB chairman, found over 25 years after his death (2016). Suitcases of journals were discovered hidden in the wall of a house inherited by the g ... (read more)