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    • "Women on the Rocks: A Tale of Two Convicts" by Kristin Williamson. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2004-01)
      In "Women on the Rocks", Kristin Williamson has created a novel from scraps of historical fact concerning two female convicts: Mary Jones, who arrived in Sydney in 1820, and Maria Wilkinson, alias Jane New, who was sent ...
    • "Ash Rain" by Corrie Hosking. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2004-04)
      "Ash Rain" is a strong, beautiful novel about troubled and wonderful people who brim with vitality. Hosking has managed that unusual and winning combination, poetic evocative prose with a compelling narrative. The story ...
    • "Mr Golightly’s Holiday" by Salley Vickers. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2004-05)
      Mr Golightly is a very reassuring incarnation of God the Father. Slightly old-fashioned and unused to modern life, he is kindly and broadminded, and likes a pint at the local, though he is reluctant to involve himself in ...
    • "Small Island" by Andrea Levy. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2004-05)
      The social fabric of mid-twentieth century London suffered many assaults, and not all came from German bombers. Some came, outrageously, from their ‘ungrateful’ colonies. "Small Island" concerns two couples, one Jamaican ...
    • "Snowleg" by Nicholas Shakespeare. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2004-06)
      ‘You can make a life in a night,’ says the mother of Peter Hithersay in Nicholas Shakespeare’s novel "Snowleg", which hinges on two brief and passionate affairs, accident and impulse changing lives forever.
    • "Fire Fire" by Eva Sallis. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2004-08-31)
      Acantia, the pathological earth-mother in "Fire Fire", is one of fiction’s most blistering portrayals of the harm human beings can do to those closest to them, all the while claiming the high moral ground. As the novel ...
    • "Baudalino" by Umberto Eco. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2004-09-28)
      You might have thought that Monty Python had the last word on the Holy Grail, but now Umberto Eco has offered his own version of this potent mediaeval myth in "Baudalino", his latest novel. The title character is a peasant ...
    • "The Dante Club" by Matthew Pearl. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2004-09-30)
      Matthew Pearl is a graduate from Harvard, summa cum laude, and winner of the Dante Society of America’s prize for his academic work. Boldly, Pearl has taken for his main characters the famous New England Fireside Poets – ...
    • "Murder by Manuscript" by Steve J. Spears. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2004-10-29)
      "Murder by Manuscript" is the second in Steve J. Spears’ "Pentangeli Papers" series and is a delicious spoof on the detective genre. It is set in an Australian version of Gotham City, with its own redolently-named districts. ...
    • "Magic Seeds" by V.S. Naipaul. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2004-11-26)
      Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul has often based a novel on material he has previously written about in a non-fiction book. In "India: A Million Mutinies Now" (1990) he interviewed radicals and terrorists. Now, in "Magic Seeds", ...
    • "The Crimson Petal and the White" by Michel Faber. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2004-12-23)
      "The Crimson Petal and the White" is not just an historical novel. It’s the next best thing to a time machine, transporting us back to the London of 1875, surrounding and overwhelming with sights, smells and sounds.
    • "Belonging" by Isabel Huggan. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2005-02-18)
      "Belonging" is Isabel Huggan’s third book of ‘reminiscences’, A Canadian by birth, an expatriate by marriage, she finds herself settled permanently in the foothills of the Cévennes in provincial France with her Scottish ...
    • "Word Map" by Kel Richards and the Macquarie Dictionary. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2005-03-04)
      "Word Map" is a dictionary of regional Australian English expressions. It is compiled from a website where everyone can contribute their own version of the local argot, and although evidence was sought for each entry – ...
    • "The Goddamn Bus of Happiness" by Stefan Laszczuk. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2005-03-18)
      Stefan Laszczuk’s "The Goddamn Bus of Happiness" is last year’s winner of Best Unpublished Manuscript in the SA Festival Awards. "The Goddamn Bus" is set in Adelaide and familiar places come up from time to time, but it ...
    • "The Diary of Emily Caroline Creaghe, Explorer" by Peter Monteath (ed.). [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2005-04-15)
      Historian Peter Monteath has made something of a specialty lately of rescuing forgotten narratives. In 2003 he published "Sailing with Flinders", the diary of Samuel Smith, an ordinary seaman in the Investigator, and now ...
    • "I Have Kissed Your Lips" by Gerard Windsor. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2005-05-13)
      Gerard Windsor’s new novel presents intricate layers of mystery for the reader to ponder and perhaps solve, and one of the most teasing of the mysteries is what the novel is, at its heart, concerned with. Windsor provides ...
    • "Hello Missus: A Girl’s Own Guide to Foreign Affairs" by Lynne Minion. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2005-06-10)
      There is much in "Hello Missus", Lynne Minion’s memoir of her year in East Timor, that didn’t make it to Australian television screens, where the success and benevolence of the international assistance provided by the ...
    • "The Marsh Birds" by Eva Sallis. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2005-07-22)
      "The Marsh Birds" is the heartbreaking story of a young Iraqi, Dhurgham al-Samarra who gets caught up in Australia’s immigration system.
    • "The Past Completes Me: Selected Poems 1973-2003" by Alan Gould. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2005-07-22)
      Alan Gould, with ten volumes of poetry and six novels to his name, must be one of Australia’s most prolific and dedicated writers, though hardly a household name. Gould’s poetry is rarely less than impressive. He has now ...
    • "Dead Europe" by Christos Tsiolkas. [review] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (Adelaide Review, 2005-08-19)
      Dead Europe is the third novel by Australian novelist Christos Tsiolkas. In the novel, Isaac, a 36-year-old Greek-Australian photographer, travels through Europe, from Greece to England. It is in essence a journey through Hell.