Uncivil aviation: Biggles down under

W.E. Johns’s failure to adapt to the postwar era left Biggles a shadow of his wartime self, writes Adam Nicol

15 Aug 14 | Comments (4)

Not suitable for children

Helen Simpson’s Under Capricorn made a decades-long journey from novel to film to TV to DVD. Alfred Hitchcock’s version was a revealing stop-off along the way, writes Tanya Dalziell

30 May 14 | Comments (0)

Books grow out of other books; or Favourites revisited

Jane Austen, P.G. Wodehouse and Ian Fleming provide the inspiration for four new novels, reviewed here by Brian McFarlane

16 Jan 14 | Comments (1)

What kind of noise annoys an oyster?

Melancholy and occasionally joyous, the story of two “squinty daughters” doesn’t quite justify the pictures, writes Darren Tofts

14 Jan 14 | Comments (0)

Loving Europe

Charmian Clift’s Peel Me a Lotus has inspired Australian women travel writers for over half a century, but the result has been a quite different kind of writing, says Susan Carson

23 Oct 13 | Comments (2)

“Unfounded attack on Dad and Dave comedies!”

By the time Ken G. Hall filmed Dad Rudd M.P., his film-making had come to reflect international popular culture as well as Australian traditions, writes Julieanne Lamond

09 Oct 13 | Comments (1)

A premonition of bloodshed

Richard Johnstone reviews Muriel Spark’s The Mandelbaum Gate

25 Sep 13 | Comments (0)

Desire denied

Glenn Nicholls reviews Cory Taylor’s novel about love in an Australian internment camp

31 May 13 | Comments (0)