Geordie Williamson


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


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Shirley Hazzard’s wider world

The celebrated Australian author’s ‘Collected Stories’ sets private desperation in the cosmopolitan Europe she revered

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The chthonic realms explored in Robert Macfarlane’s ‘Underland’

Cave systems, mines, urban sewers, mycelial networks, moulins and more

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Tracking time: Gerald Murnane’s ‘A Season on Earth’

Forty years on, the author’s second novel is reunited with its lost half

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The ghost of creativity spurned

Richard Flanagan explores a different kind of darkness in ‘First Person’

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The antipodes of the imagination

JM Coetzee’s ‘The Schooldays of Jesus’ is defined by its strangeness

In conscious exile


In conscious exile

Rediscovering the novels of Randolph Stow

‘Acute Misfortune’ by Erik Jensen


‘Acute Misfortune’ by Erik Jensen

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

A long-lost novel sees the light after 40 years

Alex Miller’s ’Coal Creek’

Alex Miller’s ’Coal Creek’

  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

Patrick White

The Best of Australian Literature 2012

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


Fiction masterpiece

JM Coetzee - ‘Summertime’, 2009


Strange beasts

Sonya’s Hartnett’s ‘Midnight Zoo’

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


‘Indelible Ink’ by Fiona McGregor

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

“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 …