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Kate Chopin, Fedora (Review)

Time methinks for another Library of America (LOA) Story of the Week, particularly since one of their recent offerings was one of my favourite American authors, Kate Chopin. 785 more words

Women Writers

Boaty Book Reviews: Treasure Island, (followed by an abbreviated glossary of authentic maritime terminology)

Yes, Treasure Island is one of the greatest adventure novels of all time — but don’t be lulled into thinking that it’s nothing more than a swashbuckling tale of life on the high seas. 1,746 more words


Louisa Atkinson, A voice from the country: January (Review)

Louisa Atkinson, as I wrote in a post a few years ago, was a pioneer Australian writer. She was a significant botanist, our first Australian-born woman novelist, and the first Australian woman to have a long-running column in a major newspaper. 1,300 more words

Australian Literature

Book Club Reviews: Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is a classic piece of English literature. Its literary merit is well known, but does that make it a successful choice for your book club? 458 more words

Book Club

Friedrich Gerstäcker, Australia: A German traveller in the Age of Gold (Review)

Friedrich Gerstäcker’s Australia: A German traveller in the Age of Gold was first published in its original German, as Australien, in 1854. Gerstäcker did prepare, at that time, an English language version of his travels, but the section on Australia, at least, was much shorter than his German edition, and is all English readers have been able to access – until now. 1,475 more words

19th Century Literature

Anne Brontë – my unsung feminist hero

As a long-time fan of the Brontë sisters (Anne, Emily and Charlotte, in order of preference) I was eager to see To Walk Invisible, the recent BBC drama depicting their early lives. 2,286 more words

Louise Mack, The world is round (Review)

I’ve had Louise Mack’s debut novel, The world is round, on my TBR for about 20 years. Published in 1896, when she was 26 years old, it’s a fairly straightforward tragicomedy about a young well-to-do 21-year-old girl, Jean, who aspires to be a writer, and the two men who love her, the 30-plus-year-old self-confident, successful lawyer-and-writer Musgrave, and the around-25-year-old, shy and financially struggling Harrison. 1,292 more words

Australian Literature