Australian Literature

Reading Australia: 'Lilian's Story' by Kate Grenville

Peter Craven
27 May 2015

Kate Grenville’s Lilian’s Story is one of the great Australian novels of the last thirty years. When it was first published in 1985, it was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. The original cover carried a recommendation by Patrick White, Nobel laureate and the greatest writer of any kind Australia has produced. White said ... More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'Forever Young' by Steven Carroll

Kerryn Goldsworthy
27 May 2015
Most Australians, if asked to name a date they associate with the name Gough Whitlam, would say ‘11 November 1975’. Steven Carroll subverts this expectation at the outset ... More

Reading Australia: 'That Deadman Dance' by Kim Scott

Patrick Allington
27 May 2015

The shortlist for the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award, which included Kim Scott’s That Deadman Dance, was controversial because it consisted of only three novels, all written by men. The exclusion of women writers for that year itself was noteworthy: for example, Fiona McGregor’s fine novel of Sydney, Indelible InkMore

Bernadette Brennan on 'The Children's Bach' by Helen Garner for Reading Australia

Bernadette Brennan
24 March 2015

‘For our house is our corner of our world … If we look at it intimately, the humblest dwelling has beauty.’

Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space (1958)

Houses, and their domestic spaces of intimacy and negotiation, sit at the core of Hel ... More

Susan Sheridan on 'It's Raining in Mango' by Thea Astley for Reading Australia

Susan Sheridan
17 February 2015

It’s Raining in Mango: Pictures from the Family Album was first published in 1987, on the eve of the bicentenary of white settlement in Australia, when many versions of the story of Australia were advanced and debated. Thea Astley’s book presents a family, the Laffeys, as a microcosm of the national story. It is a novel made up of stories told by Connie ... More

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