Book Review — The Strays (2014) by Emily Bitto

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. When I think of friendships between young women in novels, it takes me a minute to come … Continue reading Book Review — The Strays (2014) by Emily Bitto

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Book Review — The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) by Anne Brontë

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. I haven't read many English novels from the mid-19th century. I've never read a work by Dickens, … Continue reading Book Review — The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) by Anne Brontë

Book Review — The Secret History (1992) by Donna Tartt

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. There is a moment in most readers' lives that changes the way they think of first-person narrators: the … Continue reading Book Review — The Secret History (1992) by Donna Tartt

Book Review — The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. When I first read Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own (1929) in 2014, I put it down feeling … Continue reading Book Review — The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood

Book Review — The Autograph Man (2002) by Zadie Smith

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. Unsympathetic male characters have never been a great draw for me. Making them intelligent, stupid, anarchic, suburban, … Continue reading Book Review — The Autograph Man (2002) by Zadie Smith

Book Review — The Watch Tower (1966) by Elizabeth Harrower

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. Until last year, The Watch Tower (1966) was Elizabeth Harrower's last book. She attempted to write another, abandoned the project and … Continue reading Book Review — The Watch Tower (1966) by Elizabeth Harrower

Book Review — The Tall Man (2008) by Chloe Hooper

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. 'Australian classic' is a term I wouldn't play around with. Mostly because I don't think many exist. … Continue reading Book Review — The Tall Man (2008) by Chloe Hooper

Book Review — Housekeeping (1980) by Marilynne Robinson

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. I hated waiting. If I had one particular complaint, it was that my life seemed composed entirely … Continue reading Book Review — Housekeeping (1980) by Marilynne Robinson

Book Review — The Compass Rose (1982) by Ursula K. Le Guin

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck (2010), there is a great … Continue reading Book Review — The Compass Rose (1982) by Ursula K. Le Guin

Book Review — Cranford (1853) by Elizabeth Gaskell

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. A fly-on-the-wall narrator is a dangerous device. In some cases, most notably F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great … Continue reading Book Review — Cranford (1853) by Elizabeth Gaskell

Book Review — We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (2013) by Karen Joy Fowler

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. The first thing I said when I finished Karen Joy Fowler’s immensely popular, critically acclaimed, Man Booker … Continue reading Book Review — We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (2013) by Karen Joy Fowler

NYWF in Review: Best Job or Total Flop with Ash Thomson

I was lucky enough to attend a panel addressing the profession of editing at the 2014 National Young Writers’ Festival. Here’s what I thought of it, and why.

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National Young Writers Festival has been and gone, but that festivalia feeling (and post-festival survey) is here to stay with our short series featuring Canberra writers recalling the best, worst, and most memorable bits of the NYWF twennyfifteen. We’re kicking off with Ash Thomson and his festival pick, Best Job or Total Flop, which featured Johannes Jakob, Kat Muscat, Alice Grundy, Zoya Patel and Elena Gomez at The Royal Exhange.

Event description:An age old profession, editing is often held up in the writing community as the perfect job for writers and readers alike, but does the day to day experience live up to the hype? Five editors chat about the ins and outs of editorial life.

NYWF_logo1Robert Gottleib, editor to Joseph Heller, John le Carré, Doris Lessing, Toni Morrison and host of other successfuls, told The Paris Review that the glorification of editors is not a wholesome thing. He was also…

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