Critic of the Month

ABR: What makes a fine critic?

Enthusiasm, eloquence, a distinctive voice, openness to the unexpected, a well-stocked mind, wit, and humour: some or all of these gifts would make the ideal reviewer ...

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Morag Fraser is Critic of the Month

Australian Book Review
Wednesday, 31 May 2017

ABR: Which critics most impress you?

Ones who write memorably, whose language combines critical acuity with verve. I could name many, but Robert Hughes, Peter Porter, Kerryn Goldsworthy, and Brian Matthews are four Australians critics I read and reread, and from whom I have learned much, even when I’ve disagreed with, or been provoked by, them.

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Felicity Plunkett is Critic of the Month

Australian Book Review
Thursday, 30 March 2017

ABR: Which critics most impress you?

Some of Australia’s best writers are also reviewers. I always enjoy the beautifully crafted and perceptive work of Drusilla Modjeska, Mireille Juchau, James Bradley, Lisa Gorton, and Kerryn Goldsworthy, to name just a few. Anwen Crawford is wonderful on music, Kate Kellaway and a.j. carruthers on poetry.

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James McNamara is Critic of the Month

Australian Book Review
Monday, 26 September 2016

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 I came to ABR as an unpublished writer in 2011 after an invitation to write on Ernest Hemingway.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

Thursday, 29 October 2015

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 ...

Alison Croggon is Critic of the Month

Thursday, 30 July 2015

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 ...

Geordie Williamson is Critic of the Month

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

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 ...

Andrew Fuhrmann is Critic of the Month

Andrew Fuhrmann
Monday, 25 August 2014

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?

Jane Sullivan is Critic of the Month

Jane Sullivan
Tuesday, 27 May 2014

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 ...

Miriam Cosic is Critic of the Month

Miriam Cosic
Wednesday, 26 March 2014

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 ...

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