Kerryn Goldsworthy

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'Other People’s Words' by Hilary McPhee

Kerryn Goldsworthy
06 September 2019

‘The characters which survive,’ wrote Hilary McPhee at seventeen in the copy of Thomas Hardy’s More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews three books on Charmaine Clift

Kerryn Goldsworthy
14 August 2019

‘AT NIGHT,’ wrote Charmian Clift one summer in the late 1950s on the Greek island of Hydra where she lived with her husband and More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'Drylands' by Thea Astley

Kerryn Goldsworthy
06 August 2019

Do not attempt to judge this book by its amazingly beautiful but iconographically confusing cover. A close-up photograph of a singl More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'Dreams of Speaking' by Gail Jones

Kerryn Goldsworthy
10 July 2019

If you can say immediately what you think a novel is ‘about’, then the chances are that it may not be a very good novel. Fictio More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews Fled by Meg Keneally

Kerryn Goldsworthy
23 May 2019

In 1961 the great Australian poet Judith Wright published an influential essay called ‘The Upside-down Hut’ that would puzzle contemporary readers. The basis of its argument was that A More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews A History of South Australia by Paul Sendziuk and Robert Foster

Kerryn Goldsworthy
25 March 2019

The first volume in this series, Beverley Kingston’s A History of New South Wales, was published in 2006. Since then another five have appeared, including a book on Tasmania by More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'Elizabeth Costello: Eight lessons' by J.M. Coetzee

Kerryn Goldsworthy
05 March 2019

Something like a double helix of dialectical thinking winds its graceful way through these ‘eight lessons’. Ideas and theories More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'The Secret River' by Kate Grenville

Kerryn Goldsworthy
04 March 2019

Kate Grenville is a brave woman. For some years now, the representation of Aboriginal people by white writers has been hedged about by a thicket of post­colo More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews The Year of The Beast by Steven Carroll

Kerryn Goldsworthy
22 February 2019

In his 2017 essay ‘Notes for a Novel’, illuminatingly added as a kind of afterword at the end of this book, Steven Carroll recalls a dream that he had twenty years ago. It was this dre More

Books of the Year 2018

Michelle de Kretser, et al.
26 November 2018

To celebrate the best books of 2018, Australian Book Review invited nearly forty contributors to nominate their favourite titles. Contributors include Michelle de Kretser

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