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    • "The Sweetest Dream" by Doris Lessing. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2001-10-27)
      Doris Lessing turned 82 this year, but she shows no sign of mellowing or tiring. Her output continues to be prodigious, even for a writer half her age. Since 1994 she has published no fewer than 6 new books – 2 volumes ...
    • "Half a Life" by V.S. Naipaul. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2001-12-01)
      At the beginning of "Half a Life", Willie Chandran asks his father why his middle name is Somerset. His father replies, ‘without joy, “You were named after a great English writer.”’ This phrase, ‘without joy’, could equally ...
    • V.S. Naipaul wins the Nobel. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2001-12-01)
      V.S. Naipaul wins the Nobel Prize for Literature after many years on the short list.
    • "Raven Road" by Cassandra Pybus. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2001-12-03)
      "Raven Road" is about Lillian Alling, a Polish or Russian immigrant to North America during the 1920s. She appeared in the remote, rugged terrain of British Columbia in September 1927, and although her English was bad, she ...
    • "Abaza" by Louis Nowra. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2002-05-11)
      Louis Nowra’s novel "Abaza" is an appalling history of despotism and violence in a fictional Pacific island nation, told using the unusual format of an encyclopedia.
    • "Even As We Speak" by Clive James. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2002-05-11)
      "Even As We Speak" is Clive James’s sixth collection of essays, and covers the broad range of cultural, historical and literary criticism we have come to expect. Reading James’s essays is rather like conversing with an old ...
    • "Call Waiting" by Dianne Blacklock. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2002-05-20)
      "Call Waiting" is not a novel for those who are looking for surprises, or who dislike happy endings. It is an unashamed romance, with an orphaned heroine, bodice-ripping love scenes, and a healthy dose of contempt for ...
    • "Feeling the Heat" by Pat Lowe. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2002-05-27)
      "Feeling the Heat" is packaged as ‘Young Adult Fiction’ – for children 14 plus. It would be a pity if this put older adults off, though, since it is a sensitively written book dealing with subjects all Australians might ...
    • "Rose Boys" by Peter Rose. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2002-05-27)
      Peter Rose, poet, publisher, and the editor of "Australian Book Review", has written a family biography about his older brother Robert whose career as one of Australia’s foremost sportsmen was brutally cut short in 1974, ...
    • "Yesterday’s Dust" by Joy Dettman. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2002-06-29)
      "Yesterday’s Dust" is Joy Dettman’s fourth novel, and is a sequel to her first, "Mallawindy". It continues the family saga of the Burtons, a melodrama of violence, sex and secrets set in country New South Wales.
    • "Llama for Lunch" by Lydia Laube. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2002-07-08)
      "It was a pigpen of a place but the people were friendly." This is Lydia Laube’s description of a Bolivian eating place in her new book Llama for Lunch, but it could stand for her attitude to the whole of South America. ...
    • "Seducing Mr Maclean" by Loubna Haikal. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2002-07-08)
      Loubna Haikal, in her first novel, "Seducing Mr Maclean", writes about the age-old problems of adjustment and culture clash which face the children of migrant families. The narrator – never named – is a young Lebanese ...
    • "Youth" by J.M. Coetzee. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2002-07-20)
      "Youth" continues J.M. Coetzee’s thinly veiled autobiography, which began in 1997 with "Boyhood". Although these books are called novels, his main character shares not only the author’s age and background, but his name, ...
    • "The Lady and the Luddite" by Linden Salter. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2002-08-19)
      "The Lady and the Luddite" is an historical romance by English-born Northern Territory writer Linden Salter. Salter has taken characters and incidents from Charlotte Bronte’s second novel "Shirley", and shaped an exciting ...
    • "The Killing of Sister McCormack" by Anne Henderson. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2002-08-19)
      Irene McCormack was a Josephite nun working in a mountain village of Peru when she was executed, along with 4 local men, by Shining Path terrorists in May 1991. A decade after the event, Henderson became interested in ...
    • "Mrs Cook" by Marele Day. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2002-11-16)
      Marele Day’s book "Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain's Wife" is a valiant and earnest attempt to recreate the life of Elizabeth Cook.
    • "The Prosperous Thief" by Andrea Goldsmith. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2002-11-23)
      Andrea Goldsmith’s novel "The Prosperous Thief" is as exciting as a thriller, but has much more to offer. It is not strikingly original in theme, being a family saga with its roots in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. However, ...
    • "The Showgirl and the Brumby" by Lucy Lehmann. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2002-12-14)
      Lucy Lehmann’s novel "The Showgirl and the Brumby" was runner up in the Vogel literary awards in 2000. It is a story of family rivalry across three generations set in the New South Wales country town of Cowra.
    • "Cecilia: An Ex-Nun’s Extraordinary Journey" by Cecilia Inglis. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2003-05-10)
      This is the memoir of a not particularly remarkable life, told with sincerity, sentiment but little wit or real imagination. Cecilia Cahill was fifteen, the youngest of a large catholic family, when she had the vocation ...
    • "Snake" by Kate Jennings. [review - radio script] 

      Dooley, Gillian Mary (2003-05-10)
      "Snake" is Kate Jennings’ first novel, first published in 1996 and now re-issued in the wake of the success of "Moral Hazard". It’s the mordant story of a marriage in rural New South Wales, told with economy and stabbing ...