Search results for tag: Christina Stead

Countdown to Australia’s Favourite Novelist: 50-41 as voted by you

Booktopia would like to give a massive thanks again to everyone who has voted in to decide who is Australia’s Favourite Novelist. Without you we wouldn’t be able to have this celebration of outstanding Aussie Writers. The votes have been counted and we have our top 50, and it’s a wonderful list full of surprises. It reflects the diversity and vibrancy of Australian Literature ... Read more

by | January 21, 2013

Christina Stead is back: The Man Who Loved Children, Letty Fox: Her Luck and now, For Love Alone

Thank goodness Miegunyah – an imprint of Melbourne University Press – who have the very cool slogan, Books With Spine – have begun republishing the works of Christina Stead. We need to be reminded that Australia used to produce artists of genius. And it might just encourage our present crop of writers to either give up or to aim higher. Your home library needs these three titl... Read more

by | November 18, 2011

Letty Fox – Her Luck by Christina Stead

How many times do I have mention my undying love for Christina Stead before someone sends me a review copy!? No-one even told me that a new edition of Letty Fox – Her Luck was in production! Do I have to set up a fan club? And now it’s here and I look like a doofus for not mentioning it earlier. (shakes head) That said: Thank goodness Miegunyah – an imprint of Melbourne Univer... Read more

by | May 19, 2011

Elisabeth Holdsworth, author of Those Who Come After, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Elisabeth Holdsworth author of Those Who Come After Ten Terrifying Questions ——————— 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? I was born in a south-western province of The Netherlands, called Zeeland, not long after the end of the second world war. My p... Read more

by | March 21, 2011

The 50 Must Read Australian Novels (10 to 1) (The Popular Vote 2010)

So, it’s come to this, has it? The Top Ten Must Read Australian Novels, as voted by you lot. It’s a list of surprises – there’s the inclusion of Joan Lindsay’s Picnic at Hanging Rock (it’s a film ain’t it?), the omission of Peter Carey and Patrick White from the top ten and, the biggest surprise of all, the winner. I mean, really!, who would have guesse... Read more

by | January 7, 2011

Reading Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (A review, of a kind by John Purcell)

I once read a book review written by Theodore Dreiser . The book he was reviewing was Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham. What I recall of that review, read many years ago, is that Dreiser had come clean, saying something like – it took Maugham 500 odd pages to convey all that is conveyed in the novel, and so much is, what hope have I of giving you an impression of such a novel in a ... Read more

by | September 21, 2010

Coming in December: The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead (Good start. Now publish all of her work.)

“I am convinced that tens of thousands of people would bless the day that this book was published, if only they could be exposed to it.” JONATHAN FRANZEN The Man Who Loved Children is Christina Stead’s masterpiece about family life. Sam and Henny Pollit are a warring husband and wife, he a fully blown narcissist and she spoiled and prone to fits of despair. Their hatred, aggra... Read more

by | September 20, 2010

Christina Stead, Henry Handel Richardson, Clive James, Germiane Greer

Bring Back the Cultural Cringe The cultural cringe served a purpose, it caused the best and brightest to look outwards beyond the Australian Coastline to a world of complexity, of difference, of foreign ideas, foreign questions and answers and of universal solutions. Since the demise of the cringe self-complacency has stifled our endeavours. Our benchmark is ourselves. Our history is confined t... Read more

by | January 26, 2010