Review of Elizabeth Strout’s ‘My Name is Lucy Barton’

I reviewed Elizabeth Strout’s superb short novel My Name is Lucy Barton for the Sydney Morning Herald, here. Olive Kitteridge is one of my all time favourite books and what I love about Strout is that she is such a devastatingly honest writer; every time I read her I remember why I write.

Review of Colum McCann’s Thirteen Ways of Looking

I reviewed Colum McCann’s Thirteen Ways of Looking for the Sydney Morning Herald,  here. I was intrigued by the premise for the book, which has as its centrepiece a novella in which the main character is fatally assaulted in an apparently random attack. McCann himself was attacked on the streets of New York around theContinue reading “Review of Colum McCann’s Thirteen Ways of Looking”

Review of Myfanwy Jones’ novel Leap in The Australian

I was very impressed with Myfanwy Jones’s novel Leap. I didn’t have space to write about it in my review for The Australian, which can be read here, but what I admired about it most was the way that captured the suburbs of north Melbourne – the vibrancy and diversity of that area – there’s a veryContinue reading “Review of Myfanwy Jones’ novel Leap in The Australian”

Profile of Trent Parke in The Saturday Paper

  I travelled to Adelaide for the opening of Trent Parke’s extraordinary exhibition opening ‘The Black Rose’ at the Art Gallery of South Australia. I’ve long admired Parke’s photographs – I’ve often seen his work at Stills Gallery in Sydney near where I live. When I read about the exhibition, I couldn’t resist writing aboutContinue reading “Profile of Trent Parke in The Saturday Paper”