Testing times for modern publishers
Terri-ann White applauds John B. Thompson’s account of the last fifty years of international trade publishing, Merchants of Culture, while finding his observations on the modern business of books ‘disturbing’ and ‘alarming’.
The biographer’s contract
In her 2010 Seymour Biography Lecture, acclaimed biographer Professor Frances Spalding examines the complex responsibilities involved in authoring another person’s life.
‘… like the mysterious smile of the Mona Lisa, biography continues to fascinate with its suggestion of the known and unknown.’
Paul Kelly’s memoir
Anna Goldsworthy finds Melbourne singer–songwriter (and ABR cover star) Paul Kelly’s ‘mongrel memoir’, How to Make Gravy, to be a perfectly played combination of ‘sincerity and slyness’.
The stately deep
James Bradley’s The Penguin Book of the Ocean is deemed a ‘remarkable’ anthology by Gregory Kratzmann, particularly for its daring and ranging use of non-fiction texts.
Gail Jones’s new novel
In addition to its declared titular influence, Felicity Plunkett detects a strong echo of British Modernist fiction in Gail Jones’s ‘ambitious and compelling’ new novel Five Bells.
Further highlights in February
A short story by Josephine Rowe
Shirley Walker on Australian women writers
R.S. White on Shakespeare and sex
David Throsby on copyright
Robert Gibson on film music
Chris Flynn on Australian short fiction
Lisa Gorton on Katherine Mansfield
Peter Craven on Peter Porter
New poems by Ian Templeman and Brendan Ryan
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5. FEBRUARY ADVANCES – Heavenly Promise
Australia can ill afford to lose a cultivated literary magazine such as HEAT, so it was dispiriting to learn of its imminent closure, with the publication of the final issue. Editor Ivor Indyk, in his valedictory editorial, details his reasons for closing the magazine that he created in 1996.
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