Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'Cold Light'

Kerryn Goldsworthy
25 October 2011

Admirers of the first two volumes in Frank Moorhouse’s ‘Edith Trilogy’, Grand Days (1993) and Dark Palace (2000), will remember the gripping and heartbreaking scene at the end of Dark Palace in which Edith Campbell Berry, her British husband, Ambrose, and several of their senior colleagues are humiliatingly informed, in the cruellest ... More

James Ley reviews 'Silence'

James Ley
25 October 2011

Isaiah Berlin famously divided people into two categories: hedgehogs and foxes. The former know one big thing with absolute certainty; the latter know many small things. When it comes to writers of fiction, a parallel distinction might be made on stylistic grounds. There are some writers who cultivate a finely attuned personal style – a style that becomes unmistak ... More

Michelle Aung Thin: The Monsoon Bride

Elena Gomez
25 October 2011

The demands of history

Elena Gomez


The Monsoon Bride
by Michelle Aung Thin
Text Publishing, $29.95 pb, 256 pp, 9781921758638


The historical novel has always been characterised by a formative tension – the demands of history versus the demands of ... More

Gillian Mears: Foal's Bread

Gillian Dooley
25 October 2011

Portents everywhere

Gillian Dooley


Foal’s Bread
by Gillian Mears
Allen & Unwin, $32.99 pb, 360 pp, 9781742376295


Gillian Mears has been to death’s door and back. Her wonderful essay ‘Alive in Ant and Bee’ (2007) recounts the journey and ... More

Steven Amsterdam: What the Family Needed

Nicolas Low
25 October 2011

Super feats of empathy

Nic Low


What the Family Needed
Steven Amsterdam
Sleepers Publishing, $24.95 pb, 284 pp, 9781742702117


Here is a cliché to start your day: superhuman feats of strength. You find them in disaster stories and war epics ... More

Michael Wilding: The Magic of It

Jeffrey Poacher
25 October 2011

Degradation of the times

Jeffrey Poacher


The Magic of It
by Michael Wilding
Arcadia (Press On Series 8), $24.95 pb, 356 pp, 9781921875373


Declarations of loathing for the other members of one’s species tend to be tedious in reality but hilarious ... More

Don Anderson reviews 'Hergesheimer Hangs In'

Don Anderson
25 October 2011
‘A writer is writing even when he’s not writing, maybe even more then, even if he never writes again.
Got it?
Class dismissed.’
(Morris Lurie, ‘On Not Writing’, in Hergesheimer Hangs In)

In Wild & Woolley: A Publishing Memoir (2011), Michael Wilding recalls: ‘Morris Lurie sent us a collect ... More

Jessica Au: Cargo

Romy Ash
25 October 2011

Beyond youth

Romy Ash


by Jessica Au
Picador, $22.99 pb, 224 pp, 9781405040280


Jessica Au’s first novel, Cargo, is an arresting look at what it means to be young.

Au moves her story beyond the category of Y ... More

Subhash Jaireth: To Silence

Claudia Hyles
25 October 2011

Elusive memory, silent death

Claudia Hyles


To Silence
by Subhash Jaireth
Puncher & Wattmann, $24 pb, 111 pp, 9781921450426


The voices of Subhash Jaireth’s three fictional autobiographies within To Silence are those of historical figu ... More

Lili Wilkinson: A Pocketful of Eyes

Bec Kavanagh
21 October 2011

The best kind of character

Bec Kavanagh


A Pocketful of Eyes
by Lili Wilkinson
Allen & Unwin, $17.99 pb, 311 pp, 9781742376196



Beatrice May Ross (Bee) is a list-maker, an amateur detective, a taxidermy assistant, and a regular tee ... More

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