Jay Daniel Thompson

Jay Daniel Thompson lectures in the Media and Communications program at the University of Melbourne.

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'The Lebs' by Michael Mohammed Ahmad

March 2018, no. 399 22 February 2018
Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'The Lebs' by Michael Mohammed Ahmad
Bani Adam wants to be a ‘chivalrous poet’ or a great writer. These aspirations make the Lebanese-Australian teenager feel like an outsider at the testosterone-fuelled, anti-intellectual high school that he attends. Until he finishes school, Bani bides his time with a group of mostly Muslim and Lebanese young men. ‘The Lebs’, as they refer to themselves, while away the hours discussing reli ... (read more)

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'Wimmera' by Mark Brandi

October 2017, no. 395 27 September 2017
Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'Wimmera' by Mark Brandi
The tagline of Wimmera is ‘Small town. Big secret’. Mark Brandi’s first novel does indeed feature a secret (and a grim one, at that), but it also offers a disturbing insight into Australian masculinity. The book opens in the country circa 1989. Ben and Fab are primary school students who, both misfits, while away the hours catching yabbies, playing cricket, and watching The Wonder Years. Fab ... (read more)

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'An Isolated Incident' by Emily Maguire

April 2016, no. 380 30 March 2016
Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'An Isolated Incident' by Emily Maguire
Emily Maguire's An Isolated Incident explores the media's fascination with beautiful, murdered women. The novel also interrogates the experiences of those who find themselves involved in murder cases. The novel is set in Strathdee, a fictitious rural Australian town. This 'lovely little' hamlet has been unsettled by the slaying of Bella Michaels, a 'photogenic' young resident. Bella's older siste ... (read more)

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'Trio' by Geraldine Wooller

April 2015, no. 370 30 March 2015
Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'Trio' by Geraldine Wooller
The threesome in Trio is a group of friends who meet in the United Kingdom around 1966. Celia, Marcia, and Mickey bond one ‘pea-souperof a London evening’ and soon move in together. They become extremely close, and socialise in the same (largely theatre-based) circles. Their closeness has its limits; the protagonists draw the line at ‘threefold sex’. ... (read more)

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'Transnational Literature', vol. 6 no. 2 edited by Gillian Dooley

June–July 2014, no. 362 01 June 2014
Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'Transnational Literature', vol. 6 no. 2 edited by Gillian Dooley
Transnational Literature is an online, open-access journal that is published by Flinders University. The May 2014 edition certainly lives up to the title. This edition provides an overview of literary texts and theories from across the world. The academic contributions explore a diverse range of topics. These include the work of Marion Halligan, literary representations of Islam and the veil, and ... (read more)

Crazy Little Heaven

February 2014, no. 358 19 January 2014
Crazy Little Heaven
Crazy Little Heaven provides an account of Mark Heyward’s life in Indonesia. The book offers readers an affectionate insight into this nation and its diverse culture. In 1992, Heyward travelled from Tasmania to East Kalimantan to work as a teacher. He was initially blinded by fantasies of Indonesia as the stomping ground ‘of Joseph Conrad, of the White Rajas of Sarawak … of Tom Harrison, Kin ... (read more)

Circus and Stage

February 2014, no. 358 19 January 2014
Circus and Stage
In Circus and Stage, Mimi Colligan revisits the careers of stage performers Rose Edouin and and her husband, George Benjamin William Lewis, who were significant figures in nineteenth-century Australian theatre but are now ‘largely forgotten’. ... (read more)
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