The Australian Face

Essays from the SRB on Australian literature

At the end of 2017 the Sydney Review of Books will celebrate five years online. Over this period, we have published more than five hundred essays by almost two hundred Australian writers. To mark the occasion, we’re publishing an anthology of essays from the SRB on Australian fiction, poetry and non-fiction called The Australian Face.

Edited by Catriona Menzies-Pike and James Ley.

Contributors: Ben Etherington, Jane Gleeson-White, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Evelyn Juers, Julieanne Lamond, Anthony Uhlmann, Ali Alizadeh, James Ley, Jeff Sparrow, Lisa Gorton, Emmett Stinson, Simon West, Michelle Cahill, Ivor Indyk, Nicholas Jose, Zora Simic, Ellen van Neerven.

The essays in this anthology are contributions to ongoing arguments about the condition and purpose and evolving shape of Australian literature. They reflect the ways in which discussions about the state of the literary culture are constantly reaching beyond themselves to consider wider cultural and political issues.

The Sydney Review of Books was launched in 2013 out of frustration at the diminishing public space for Australian criticism on literature. There’s even less space for literature in our newspapers and broadcast media now. The Sydney Review of Books, however, is thriving, as the essays in The Australian Face show. Here, you’ll read essays on well-known figures such as Christos Tsiolkas, Alexis Wright, Michelle de Kretser and Helen Garner, alongside considerations of the work of writers who less frequently receive mainstream attention, such as Pi O and Moya Costello.

Launch date: 23 November 2017 at the Old Fitzroy Hotel, Sydney.

In bookshops and available for purchase here.