Critic of the Month

James McNamara is Critic of the Month

Australian Book Review

When did you first write for ABR? I came to ABR as an unpublished writer in 2011 after an invitation to write on Ernest Hemingway. I promptly read all of Hemingway ...

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Kerryn Goldsworthy is Critic of the Month

WHEN DID YOU FIRST WRITE FOR ABR?

The first thing I ever wrote for ABR was published early in 1985; it was a review of Helen Garner's The Children's Bach. My association with ABR has lasted much longer than any of my roma ... More

Alison Croggon is Critic of the Month

When did you first write for ABR?

November 2000.

Which critics most impress you?

That’s a really hard question, for there are so many. I recently tried to write a list of critical works that I considered formative: it got very long very quickly. I think John Berger is near the top: I love ... More

Geordie Williamson is Critic of the Month

When did you first write for ABR?

It was 2001. A dual review of Malcolm Knox’s début novel, Summerland, and Steven Carroll’s The Art of the Engine Driver. Luckily, I was generous about these relatively unknown authors and their books, since both went on to become ... More

Andrew Fuhrmann is Critic of the Month

Andrew Fuhrmann

When did you first write for ABR?

May 2012, when I reviewed Thomas Bernhard’s The Histrionic at the Malthouse.

Which critics most impress you?

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Jane Sullivan is Critic of the Month

Jane Sullivan

When did you first write for ABR?

September 1991.

Which critics most impress you?

As a journalist, I have been constantly thrown in the deep end and expected to review everything from books to shows to films to restaurants. I still admire some classic figures ... More

Miriam Cosic is Critic of the Month

Miriam Cosic

When did you first write for ABR?

June 2013.

Which critics most impress you?

Peter Brown on the ancient world, Terry Eagleton and Jim Holt on philosophy, Robert Evans and Ian Buruma on international relations, Joan ... More

James Ley is Critic of the Month

James Ley

When did you first write for ABR?

It was 2003, a review of Vernon God Little by D.B.C. Pierre.

What prompted you to take up book reviewing?

An interest in literature and a break that gave me a chance to write professionally. The idea of being paid to read and think and write about books was very enticing, and stil ... More

Brian Matthews is Critic of the Month

Brian Matthews

WHen did you first write for ABR?

1981, during John McLaren’s incumbency as editor.

What prompted you to take up book reviewing?

Well, it took me up, really. It hadn’t occurred to me to review books until I was invited to write a piece for a ... More