Janet Frame ‘vibrant, insightful, insistent, and distinctive’, says ABR


9780987109972A sensitive review of Janet Frame’s posthumous collection of short stories, Between My Father and the King by Sophia Barnes in the June/July issue of Australian Book Review.

Here’s a snippet:

There is more than enough here to demonstrate what made Frame such a vibrant, insightful, insistent, and distinctive writer. There is the sly and enchanting magic realism of ‘The Wind Brother’ and his snow mountain of undelivered letters; and the eerie underground shopping kingdom of ‘The Friday Night World’. ‘Gorse Is Not People’, famously denied publication on the basis of its bleak conclusion, is indeed heartbreaking – short, simple, and devastating. Its final publication … in this collection can only be celebrated.

With the main newspapers cutting back on literary reviews (alongside everything else), ABR is becoming more and more important for Australian publishing.

If a book is published and not reviewed, was it ever really published?

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