Kerryn Goldsworthy

2017 Books of the Year

Australian Book Review
24 November 2017

To celebrate the best books of 2017 Australian Book Review invited nearly forty contributors to nominate their favourite titles. Contributors include Michelle de Kretser, Susan Wy More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'Atlantic Black' by A.S. Patrić

Kerryn Goldsworthy
24 November 2017

Writing this review in the first week in November, I look at the calendar and note that we are a few days away from the seventy-ninth anniversary of Kristallnacht, when, over More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness' by Arundhati Roy

Kerryn Goldsworthy
25 May 2017

Arundhati Roy’s first and only other novel was The God of Small Things (1997). It attracted an advance of half a million pounds; publishing rights were sold in twenty-one countries; and it won the 1997 Booker Prize, as it was then called. Since then it has sold six million copies and has been translated into forty languages. In the interval, Roy has been ... More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'The Refugees' by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Kerryn Goldsworthy
30 March 2017

In the age of e-readers, this is a book to own in hard copy, because it is very beautiful: a hardback with a dust jacket in the pale frosted blue-green of a Monarch butterfly chrysalis, with a small bright parrot front and centre, wings outspread, reminding the reader that the word ‘refugee’ has its roots in the Latin word for ‘flight’.

Professor Vie ... More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'The Best Australian Stories 2016' edited by Charlotte Wood

Kerryn Goldsworthy
19 December 2016

If a collection of stories is put together on the basis that these are the ‘best Australian stories of 2016’, is it fair or reasonable to hope for some kind of cohesiveness or gestalt More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'The Fiction of Thea Astley' by Susan Sheridan

Kerryn Goldsworthy
28 November 2016

The record for the largest number of Miles Franklin Literary Awards ever won is jointly held by Tim Winton and Thea Astley, with four wins each. It may seem odd that with three of those already behind her, Astley should also have won the Patrick White Award in 1989 for ‘a writer who has been highly creative over a long period but has not necessarily received adequ ... More

Books of the Year 2016

Sheila Fitzpatrick et al.
23 November 2016

Originally published in German, Albrecht Dümling’s The Vanished Musicians: Jewish refugees in Australia More

Reading Australia: 'A Mother's Disgrace' by Robert Dessaix

Kerryn Goldsworthy
12 September 2016

On the day that Robert Dessaix first came face to face with his birth mother, he was already in his mid-forties. Adopted as a newborn baby in 1944 by a couple who loved and cared for him through his childhood and adolescence, he had grown up in Sydney, had invented his own imaginary land with its own language, had been married for twelve years, divorced, negotiated ... More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'After the Carnage' by Tara June Winch

Kerryn Goldsworthy
22 August 2016

Tara June Winch's first and only other book to date, a series of linked stories called Swallow the Air, was written while she was pregnant with her daughter Lila ...

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Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'The Last Painting of Sara de Vos' by Dominic Smith

Kerryn Goldsworthy
23 May 2016

Australian-born Dominic Smith grew up in Sydney but has spent most of his adult life in the United States; he currently lives in Austin, Texas, where he is claimed ...

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