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)

Women behaving badly

Does Jane Austen teach us how to live? Emphatically no, writes Jill Kitson in this review first published in 2011. And Peter Browne pays tribute to this longstanding Inside Story contributor, who died last weekend

16 May 13 | Comments (4)

The adaptive eye

The boldest translations of book to film usually make for the best cinema, argues Brian McFarlane

02 May 13 | Comments (0)