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Amy Walters

Amy Walters

Amy Walters is undertaking a PhD at ANU; it focuses on the novels of Maggie O’Farrell. Her essays, reviews, and profiles have also appeared in The Canberra Times, The Conversation, Kill Your Darlings, and The Saturday Paper.

Amy Walters reviews ‘Like Fire-Hearted Suns’ by Melanie Joosten

May 2024, no. 464 22 April 2024
Melanie Joosten’s third novel follows three women who are brought into contact during the fight for British women’s suffrage. Beatrice Taylor, captivated by the movement, becomes a full-blown militant. Her college roommate Catherine Dawson stays out of the direct struggle, preferring to advance women’s rights through a trail-blazing career in scientific research. Ida Bennett, a widow, suppor ... (read more)

Amy Walters reviews 'The Marriage Portrait' by Maggie O’Farrell

November 2022, no. 448 25 October 2022
In her ninth novel, The Marriage Portrait, British writer Maggie O’Farrell engages with the enduring speculation that Lucrezia de’ Medici, daughter of the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo de’ Medici, was murdered in 1561 by her husband Alfonso II D’Este, the duke of Ferrara. Such speculation has been amply assisted by Robert Browning’s 1842 dramatic monologue ‘My Last Duchess’, which sp ... (read more)