Award-winning Australian author Chester Eagle journeys through Australian literature offering engaging essays on the works of writers including Miles Franklin, Patrick White, George Johnston, Beverley Farmer, Helen Garner and Alexis Wright.
Unfortunate affairs: a discussion of Maurice Guest (Henry Handel Richardson, 1908) and Monkey Grip (Helen Garner, 1977)
Jack and George: who owns a life? George Johnston's My Brother Jack as seen by Jack himself
Habe Dank! a writer's release: a short survey of helen Garner's first phase
Judith Wright: the basis of our nation? The generations of men (1959) and its themes reconsidered in The Cry for the Dead (1981)
Most theatrical when most personal: a consideration of Hal Porter's three volumes of autobiography: The Watcher on the Cast-Iron Balcony, The Paper Chase, and The Extra
Private Manning & Private Bourne: Her Privates We: a discussion of The Middle Parts of Fortune, also known as Her Privates We
The teller of tales presents The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney
Keeping it in the family: one way to interpret the past: a look at All That Swagger (1936) by way of seeing how Miles Franklin reconciled her need to be at one with her nation's past, and with her family too, while expressing something of what she felt was the spirit of her time
The un-loving of Coonardoo: a white woman's version of a black woman's life
Sally Morgan's My Place: an Indian discovers she's Aboriginal: the struggle to find a way back
Where certainty lies, his father's world: some thoughts about the values inherent in Alan Marshall's writing
A broth of gems, the sky without mother: some thoughts about the way Hal Porter makes his readers complicit in what happens inside the writer's mind
The Eye of the Storm: but what is the storm? a short answer and a long one to a tricky question
Tomorrow and Tomorrow: Sydney burns and a future is revealed: what can we make of a long-disregarded novel?
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