Geordie Williamson


Geordie Williamson
Geordie Williamson is a writer, editor and critic.



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The return of Elizabeth Harrower’s ‘In Certain Circles’

Books

A long-lost novel sees the light after 40 years

Alex Miller’s ’Coal Creek’

Australian Literature

  Some writers’ imaginations are roused most strongly by the view from their doorsteps. John Updike created a literary cosmos from the small-town, middle-class Protestant America of his youth. Irishman John McGahern spent a lifetime turning …

Clive James: criticism was the field in which he was obliged to subordinate himself to the texts under discussion © Britta Campion / Newspix

The competing sides of Clive James

The clown v. the critic

Patrick White at Cambridge in the early 1930s. National Library of Australia

The Best of Australian Literature 2012

Patrick White

Let’s prick the bubble of contemporaneity for once. Two lost books by a centenarian author were published in 2012. Happy Valley is the first reissue of Patrick White’s 1939 debut, a novel that was later so effectively quashed by its creator …

Fiction masterpiece

Culture

JM Coetzee - ‘Summertime’, 2009

Strange beasts

arts

Sonya’s Hartnett’s ‘Midnight Zoo’

'Indelible Ink' by Fiona McGregor, Scribe Publications, 464pp; $32.95

‘Indelible Ink’ by Fiona McGregor

Society

On meeting Marie King, the heroine of Fiona McGregor’s fourth novel, I was reminded of Brett Whiteley’s painting of an ageing society hostess. His subject is impeccable at first glance – coiffed and glossy, as though time itself is being held back …

‘Lovesong’ by Alex Miller

Culture

“In tragic life,” wrote George Meredith in Modern Love, a savage poetic account of the breakdown of his marriage, “No villain need be! Passions spin the plot.” Alex Miller’s eighth novel also tells the story of a marriage, in this instance …

‘Zeitoun’ by Dave Eggers

Society

Dave Eggers first met Abdulrahman Zeitoun during a visit to New Orleans, following the launch of Voices from the Storm, a volume of oral history published by McSweeney’s in late 2006. Zeitoun was just one of many narrators to reflect on Hurricane …



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