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The Long Trek. "Burke's Soldier" by Alan Attwood. [review]
(Australian Book Review, 2003-05)
Alan Attwood's fictional account of the Victorian Exploration Expedition, long known as the Burke and Wills Expedition, is told through the eyes of a man who has often been overlooked. John King - a soldier, not a gentleman ...
Tropical Dreams. "Geckos and Moths" by Patricia Johnson and "Forever in Paradise" by Apelu Tielu. [review]
(Australian Book Review, 2003-12)
"Geckos and Moths" deals incisively, yet without histrionics, with the unravelling of a dream and the fraying of an Australian colonial fiction. "Forever in Paradise" is, on the other hand, unable to deal realistically ...
Changing Scenery. "The Boy in the Green Suit" by Robert Hillman. [review]
(Australian Book Review, 2003-09)
The heart of this book is an account of one year in the life of its author. This is a book in which no one stays still for very long. It only sketches the reasons why this might be.
Styx and Stones. "The Many-Coloured Land: A Return to Ireland" by Christopher Koch. [review]
(Australian Book Review, 2002-11)
There are some enticing vignettes in Christopher Koch's new travel memoir. It is hard, however, to work out what story Koch wants to tell in this book about Ireland and the Irish. If "The Many-Coloured Land" has a story ...
Long Night's Journey. "Journey to the Inner Mountain: In the Desert with St Anthony", by James Cowan. [review]
(Australian Book Review, 2002-09)
James Cowan has a gift for writing about shadowy figures. His previous book, "Francis: A Saint’s Way", probed the many myths that have gathered over the centuries around the figure of Francis of Assisi. In many ways, Cowan’s ...
The Purposefulness of the Creatures. "Confessing a Murder", by Nicholas Drayson. [review]
(Australian Book Review, 2002-08)
"Confessing a Murder" is written in the narrator’s old age. It is the journal of a man who is now the sole inhabitant of a small island somewhere in the Java Sea. He addresses a diary to Charles Darwin, whom he calls ‘Bobby’ ...
The God of Small Islands. "The Trickster" by Jane Downing. [review]
(Australian Book Review, 2003-08)
This story is told from a number of points of view. One of them is that of Joy, a woman with impeccable light Green political credentials, a job in a suburban library in Canberra and a mother who seems to have a clearer ...
Sounding-Boards of the Heart. "Wings of the Kite-Hawk: A Journey Into the Heart of Australia" by Nicholas Rothwell. [review]
(Australian Book Review, 2003-04)
Nicolas Rothwell's "Wings of the Kite-Hawk" is firmly in a tradition of explorer narratives with no real closure or discovery. The book retraces the steps of explorers such asLeichhardt, Sturt and Giles, and investigates ...