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Shirley Walker

Shirley Walker’s most recent publication, The Ghost at the Wedding, won the 2010 Kibble Literary Award and shared the Asher Award (2009). It was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Award.

Shirley Walker reviews 'Inventing Beatrice' by Jill Golden

October 2006, no. 285 01 October 2006
Jill Golden’s Inventing Beatrice is a fictionalised account of the life of her mother, Beatrice (or B). This is life writing at its most precarious, right out there on the borderline of ‘fact’ and the ‘inventing’ of the title. Is it a novel or a biography? The media release labels it a novel but concedes that it ‘crosses the genres of biography and autobiography, fiction and non-fictio ... (read more)

Shirley Walker reviews 'Dove' by Barbara Hanrahan

October 1982, no. 45 01 October 1982
In Dove, the familiar Barbara Hanrahan ingredients – acute realism and the fantastic, the grotesque – are combined once again to produce yet another powerful and moving novel. The scale of realism and fantasy is, as always, finely balanced. The various locations of the novel, for instance, are beautifully realised. Hanrahan has the eye of the graphic artist for the broad canvas, the sweep of l ... (read more)

Shirley Walker reviews 'Nine Lives' by Susan Sheridan

February 2011, no. 328 04 May 2011
Susan Sheridan’s Nine Lives, a ‘group biography’, analyses the life stories and literary achievements of nine Australian women writers. The purpose, according to Sheridan, is not only to rediscover the life story of each, but also, by exploring their publishing and aesthetic context, to create a ‘fresh configuration’ of our literary history. Nine Lives reminds us of an earlier generatio ... (read more)
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