The Near and The Far reviews

“Anyone looking for coherence of style, content and purpose will not find it in The Near and the Far. But the book’s point is to showcase diversity and difference. In this, it delivers — and handsomely.” The Australian: DEREK PARKER: The Near and The Far: new stories from the Asia-Pacific “[The Near and The Far] grew out of…

Bite Your Tongue reviews

Reviews of Bite Your Tongue: Bronwyn Lacken, King’s College London, Reviews in Australian Studies, Vol 9, No 1, 2015: “… the weather, the heat, the profuse tropical growth, the conservatism, the political corruption, the small mindedness, the strength of religiosity … an engaging, unsettling and at times darkly funny account of her childhood” Jessica Gildersleeve in Queensland Review,…

Review: The House of Fiction by Susan Swingler

Read Francesca’s review published in Australian Book Review (May 2012) of this new and quite startling memoir The House of Fiction by Susan Swingler. ‘Everything should not be told, it is better to keep some things to yourself.’ So begins Susan Swingler’s The House of Fiction with this quote from much-loved Australian novelist Elizabeth Jolley as…

Review: Just Glad Wrap

Review of Just Glad Wrap, an exhibition of writing and books by Francesca Rendle-Short, by Caroline van de Pol, TEXT, 15.2, October 2011 ‘In Just Glad Wrap, as part of The Five Obstructions art exhibition at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victoria College of the Arts, writer Francesca Rendle-Short opens her notebook and splashes it over…