Monday, November 23, 2015
Book reviews & news from the Sydney Morning Herald
Thuy On A heartfelt tale of rocker Bon Scott.
Owen Richardson David Hare's memoir covers the 1970s, a period when he wins a scholarship to Lancing College and goes on to Cambridge, wondering if he is becoming the "the young man on the make".
Anna Creer Anna Creer delves into the world of fiction in translation.
LINDA MORRIS Is this Australian teen book set to become the next Hunger Games movie blockbuster?
Kerryn Goldsworthy Short reviews by Kerryn Goldsworthy of novels by Claire Vaye Watkins, Bill Clegg, Christopher Raja, and Vendela Vida.
JASON STEGER Amazon gets a taste of its own medicine as punters start showrooming in its bookshop.
Louise Schwartzkoff Isobelle Carmody was 14 years old when she began writing The Obernewtyn Chronicles. Forty-three years later, the final book has arrived.
RON CERABONA Literary news and events from in and around Canberra.
The latest instalment in Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid has wasted no time in hitting the top of the bestseller charts.
Chris Wallace-Crabbe It is a measure of balance in Jonathan Bate's writing that the array of Ted Hughes' sexual encounters doesn't overbalance the whole book,
Dianne Dempsey The skills required to hold the tension in a long narrative, as Di Morrissey does in Rain Music, are not to be underestimated.
JOHN BIRMINGHAM The initial interest in Peter Garrett's memoir was sparked by the chance it offered to turn over the bones of the Rudd years, but it was music that first brought the author into the public realm, and almost certainly music for which he'll be remembered.
Peter Craven Carmel Bird's stories have a grace and an inevitability that make you want to retell them or allude to them because they waste nothing. They are as light as air, as rapid as anecdote, but with an extraordinary grace of music.
Jonathan Green Frank Bongiorno's The Eighties is a rattling account, quick-cut and filmic, of contrasting, often overlapping, events: high and low culture, the big moments nestling in the finer long-forgotten detail.
Sue Turnbull The pull of J.K. Rowling's crime series lies in its pairing of Cormoran, an amputee war hero, and Robin, a smart young woman who excels in defensive driving courses and counter-surveillance techniques.
Jane Sullivan Raymond Chandler had his own 10 commandments of crime writing. He was scornful of the "cosy" school and insisted the novel should be "about real people in a real world".
Bernadette Brennan In Debra Adelaide's The Women's Pages, Dove, a 38-year-old graphic designer, who has read and reread Wuthering Heights since her teenager years, reads the novel aloud to her dying mother. This act of reading inspires her to write.