Carol Middleton

Carol Middleton is a journalist, arts critic and author, based in Melbourne. Her short story awards include second place in The Age competition 2010. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in the anthologies Melbourne Subjective, Ink3 and Vine Leaves Literary Journal. She is working on a memoir in essays.

Carol Middleton reviews 'Mary Bennet' by Jennifer Paynter

June 2012, no. 342 23 May 2012
Carol Middleton reviews 'Mary Bennet' by Jennifer Paynter
This début novel by Sydney playwright Jennifer Paynter is a skilful retelling of Pride and Prejudice, narrated by Mary Bennet, the forgotten middle sister. Mary’s character is true to Austen’s original conception. She is bookish, plain, and unloved, although romance soon appears on the horizon in this version of events. ... (read more)

Carol Middleton reviews 'Fishing the River of Time' by Tony Taylor

April 2012, no. 340 01 April 2012
Carol Middleton reviews 'Fishing the River of Time' by Tony Taylor
This is the modest memoir of a remarkable man. At the age of eighty, geologist Tony Taylor travels from Sydney to Vancouver Island to meet his eight-year-old grandson Ned and take him fishing on the Cowichan River. Half a lifetime earlier, in 1968, Taylor had spent a formative two years in that wilderness. He is eager now to give his grandson the same education. ... (read more)

Carol Middleton reviews 'The Girl and the Ghost-Grey Mare' by Rachael Treasure

October 2011, no. 335 27 September 2011
The latest work by bestselling Tasmanian novelist Rachael Treasure is a collection of short stories, written at various stages of her career. At the age of thirteen, Treasure began writing mock Mills & Boon stories with her friends. The influence, and the mocking tone, are still there in the square-jawed heroes with chocolate- (or coffee-) coloured eyes and dark curls, but the stories veer in ... (read more)

Carol Middleton reviews 'Fall Girl' by Toni Jordan

December 2010–January 2011, no. 327 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 comedies of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. There are echoes of the zoology professor in search of million-dollar funding in Bringing Up Baby, the steamy flirtations in a luxury location of To Catch a Thief, and the witty repartee and ... (read more)

Carol Middleton reviews 'The Sparrows of Edward Street' by Elizabeth Stead

May 2011, no. 331 21 April 2011
Elizabeth Stead’s fifth novel is set in 1948, when newly independent women, who kept the wheels of industry turning during World War II, were resuming full-time household duties. Stead, who married a naval officer in the 1950s, would have seen this domestic dynamic played out around her. The Sparrows of Edward Street tells the story of a family – a widow and her two teenage daughters – who s ... (read more)
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