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After Propinquity was published in the mid-1980s the publisher collapsed, and all the stock sat in the warehouse for months, as orders came in - never to be filled. This forced me to buy the stock and rights. A disaster at the time, but now it has allowed me to release Propinquity as a Kindle e-book, and also put it on Amazon as a "print on demand" paperback.


Back then, however, the main upshot was that I was asked to review fiction - in the IndependentAge, Sydney Morning Herald and Australian.


This exposed me to a range of Austalasian writers. Two gems stand out in my memory: Garry Disher and Maurice Gee. Why, two decades later, are they not world famous?


As for John le Carre, Naguib Mahfouz, John Updike and Larry McMurtry: I should have paid the newspapers for the privilege of reading these guys.


I got into trouble sometimes by being so mean about bad novelists. (Now I'm shocked by how scarifying some of these reviews were.) I was trying to do these authors the favour of dissuading them from wasting their lives in a field in which they had no aptitude. Most didn't appreciate the advice.

 

Victor Kelleher - Micky Darlin' and To The Dark Tower : 1 December 1992

Bernard Cohen - Tourism : 21 June 1992

Naguib Mahfouz - Palace Walk : 25 April 1992

Year's best Australian fiction (The Independent) : 20 December 1990

Colleen McCullough - The First Man in Rome : 13 November 1990

Ross Fitzgerald - Busy in the Fog : 3 October 1990

Colin Golvan - Theatre Daze; Janet Shaw - In This House; Leone Sperling - Oasis; Rosie Scott - Nights With Grace : 3 September 1990

MS Power - The Crucifixion of Septimus Roach; Linda Spalding - Daughters of Captain Cook; Carol Drinkwater - An Abundance of Rain : 8 August 1990

Gore Vidal - Hollywood : 4 July 1990

John Hepworth - The Multitude of Tigers : 30 May 1990

Fay Weldon - The Cloning of Joanna May : 29 October 1989

Robert Drewe - The Bay of Contented Men : 24 October 1989

Helen Daniel (ed.) - Expressway : 21 October 1989

Jack Hibberd - Memoirs of an Old Bastard : 19 October 1989

Larry McMurtry - Some Can Whistle : 19 October 1989

John le Carre - The Russia House : 13 August 1989

Mordecai Richler - Solomon Gursky Was Here : 23 July 1989

Steve Erikson - Tours of the Black Clock : 17 May 1989

Naguib Mahfouz: The Thief and the Dogs; The Beginning and the End; Wedding Song : 13 May 1989

Jane Hyde - Between the Flags; Peter Kocan - Flies of a Summer : 30 April 1989

Ranald Allen - Tennis With Jack at Warren's; Zeny Giles - Miracle of the Waters; Rosemary Creswell - Lovers and Others : 14 April 1989

Mark Twain - Huckleberry Finn : 14 February 1989

Larry McMurtry - Anything for Billy; Peter Matthiessen - On the River Styx : 18 January 1989

AB Yehoshua - Five Seasons; Enrico Palandri - Ages Apart : 13 January 1989

Barbara Ker Wilson - The Quade inheritance : 21 November 1988

Michael Wilding - Under Saturn; Viki Wright - The Woman in the Picture : 17 November 1988

Bronwen Lichenstein - Touching Sweet; Gail Morgan - Walk to Kulentufu; Peter Shrubb - Family Matters : 10 October 1988

Garry Disher - The Difference to Me; Ian Kennedy Williams - Stopping Over; Grant Caldwell - The Revolt of the Coats : 20 September 1988

Amanda Lohrey - The Reading Group : 28 August 1988

John Tittensor - Carmody Comes Home : 27 July 1988

Jim Sakkas - Ilias : 27 July 1988

Morris Gee - Prowlers : 18 June 1988

Ted Hopkins - The Moon and the Bistro Bar Are Full; Per Olov Enquist - Downfall : 17 June 1988

Martin Buzacott - Narrenschiff; Max Dann - The Onion Man : 27 April 1988

Ward Just - The American Ambassador : 11 November 1987

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