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Issue Details: First known date: 1984 1984
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''When a succession of murders shatters the tranquility of an East Anglian seafaring town, irrational suspicion spreads like a contangious plague. In the murky pubs and on the cobbled street corners gossip is rife. Could Frank de Vere have shot his own wife through the head? Could Greg be the mad-dog killer of his brother?'

Source: Blurb.

Notes

  • Dedication: For William Grono - twenty years after 'The Nedlands Monster'
  • Other formats: Also braille. Also sound recording.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2015 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction, Michelle De Kretser , 1984 single work criticism

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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    • Richmond, East Melbourne - Richmond area, Melbourne, Victoria,: Heinemann , 1984 .
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      Extent: 165, [2]p.
      ISBN: 0858593432
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      Melbourne, Victoria,: J. M. Dent , 1985 .
      Extent: 165p.
      ISBN: 0460022938 (pbk)
    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 1993 .
      Extent: 173p.
      Description: illus., port.
      ISBN: 1863680667

Works about this Work

Gold, but Not Water Nicolas Rothwell , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22-23 August 2015; (p. 16-17)

— Review of The Girl Green as Elderflower Randolph Stow 1980 single work novel ; The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel ; To the Islands Randolph Stow 1958 single work novel ; Tourmaline Randolph Stow 1963 single work novel ; Visitants Randolph Stow 1979 single work novel
Like a Thief in the Night Michelle De Kretser , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 374 2015; (p. 67-68, 70)

— Review of The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 19 September 2015; (p. 28)

— Review of To the Islands Randolph Stow 1958 single work novel ; The Girl Green as Elderflower Randolph Stow 1980 single work novel ; Visitants Randolph Stow 1979 single work novel ; The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel ; Tourmaline Randolph Stow 1963 single work novel
‘So Insistently Literary’ : The Englishness of Randolph Stow Fiona Richards , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 5 2014;

'Randolph Stow (1935–2010) moved to England in the 1960s, choosing to settle in his ancestral places, first in Suffolk, then in Essex. This article considers how ‘Englishness’ is evident in his choice of home, in the influences on his writings, in his interest in myth, and in his use of dialect. Continuity and renewal lie at the heart of his final two novels, The Girl Green as Elderflower and The Suburbs of Hell in Essex, this ‘circling’ a particularly English trait. Stow came to know and love his new East Anglian countryside, writing its greenness and its flowers into The Girl Green as Elderflower, its gritty coast into The Suburbs of Hell. Much has been written of Stow’s evocation of landscape in his Australian novels, and the same receptivity to place can be seen in his final two novels. The article draws heavily on biographical resonances and on Stow’s many letters home, as well as linking his work to other writers who have been captivated by the unique atmosphere of the east of England, with its flat expanses and wide skies.' (Publication abstract)

Sound and Music in the Works of Randolph Stow Fiona Richards , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 27 no. 2 2013; (p. 177-183)
'Music resonates through the works of Randolph Stow (1935-2010), with landscape, sounds, and words entwined across his elegant and lyrical output. Just as the author describes Shakespeare as having words for every emotion, so has Stow a song for every situation, with specific pieces of music used to locate fiction in time and place. Here, Richards talks about the sound and music in the works of Randolph Stow. Music in performance has a strong presence in his writings, from domestic gatherings to country music, Christian worship and indigenous rituals.' (Publication abstract)
The Australian Horror Novel Since 1950 James Doig , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 112-127)
According to James Doig the horror genre 'was overlooked by the popular circulating libraries in Australia.' In this chapter he observes that this 'marginalization of horror reflects both the trepidation felt by the conservative library system towards 'penny dreadfuls,' and the fact that horror had limited popular appeal with the British (and Australian) reading public.' Doig concludes that there is 'no Australian author of horror novels with the same commercial cachet' as authors of fantasy or science fiction. He proposes that if Australian horror fiction wants to compete successfully 'in the long-term it needs to develop a flourishing and vibrant small press contingent prepared to nurture new talent' like the USA and UK small presses.' (Editor's foreword xii)
The Islands of Randolph Stow Fiona Richards , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 72 no. 3 2012; (p. 103-118)

'Randolph Stow (1935-2010) prefaced his novel To the Islands with this quotation [see epigraph below] drawn from the writings of his great great uncle. Coming from an island that is also a continent, where 'arguably, 'island-ness' was and still is at the core of the Australian worldview' (Davies and Neuenfeldt, 2004: 137), the notion of 'island', sometimes imaginary, sometimes having a geographical precision, is manifest in Stow's writings in many different ways. An aura of mystery pervades all of his novels, the sea is often present, and there are recurring themes of isolation and boundedness.' (Author's introduction)

Grievous Music : Randolph Stow's Middle Ages Melanie Duckworth , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October - November vol. 26 no. 3-4 2011; (p. 102-114)
Vanishing Wunderkind Anthony J. Hassall , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 314 2009; (p. 29-31)
y The Novels of Randolph Stow : A Critical Study Nidhi Bhagat , Jaipur : Pointer Publishers , 1993 Z149809 1993 single work criticism
A Place to Come To Lyn Drummond , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Island , Autumn no. 54 1993; (p. 48-50)
Mal du Pays: Symbolic Geography in the Work of Randolph Stow Martin Leer , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 15 no. 1 1991; (p. 3-25)
Swamp to Supermarket : Suburbia in Recent Western Australian Fiction Margot Luke , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , December vol. 35 no. 4 1990; (p. 93-97)
From Metastasis to Metamorphosis : The House of Self in the Novels of Randolph Stow Marc Delrez , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 12 no. 1 1990; (p. 32-47)
The Unknown Quality of the Sea Lyn Drummond , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 November 1990; (p. B8)
Randolph Stow Candida Baker (interviewer), 1989 single work biography interview
— Appears in: Yacker 3 : Australian Writers Talk About Their Work 1989; (p. 284-300)
Untitled Thomas Shapcott , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 250-251)

— Review of The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
Randolph Stow's Novels of Exile Bruce King , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , November vol. 1 no. 2 1987; (p. 75-78)
A Postmodernist City Veronica Brady , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island Magazine , Autumn no. 30 1987; (p. 3-9) First Rights : A Decade of Island Magazine 1989; (p. 18-27)
The Self-Critical Craftsman : Randolph Stow Peter Kuch , Paul Kavanagh , 1986 single work interview
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 46 no. 4 1986; (p. 437-443) Conversations : Interviews with Australian Writers 1991; (p. 231-241)
The Last Mystery Brian Matthews , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , September no. 6 1984; (p. 18)

— Review of The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
Malouf and Stow Jim Davidson , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , December no. 97 1984; (p. 74-75)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel ; The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
All Our Villages Have Their Horrors Ian Hicks , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 June 1984; (p. 40)

— Review of The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
Stow Brings Evil Back into Fashion Geoffrey Dutton , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 31 July vol. 105 no. 5427 1984; (p. 59-60)

— Review of The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
The Ultimate Thief - Death Robert Macklin , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28-29 July 1984; (p. 14)

— Review of The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
Untitled J. Bedford , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 17-23 August 1984; (p. 31)

— Review of The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
Untitled Bruce A. Clunies Ross , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 6 no. 1 1984; (p. 97-99)

— Review of The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
Untitled Anthony J. Hassall , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , December vol. 29 no. 4 1984; (p. 92-95)

— Review of The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
Danse Macabre Today Helen Watson-Williams , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 30 no. 2 1985; (p. 88-91)

— Review of The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
Untitled A. Brien , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: New Statesman , 24 May 1985; (p. 32)

— Review of The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
Untitled R. Hill , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Books and Bookmen , no. 358 1985; (p. 33)

— Review of The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
Untitled N. Jose , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , vol. 4 no. 11 1985; (p. 6-8)

— Review of The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
Untitled N. J. Richey , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Today , Spring vol. 59 no. 2 1985; (p. 315-316)

— Review of The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
Whispers of Immorality Ludmilla Forsyth , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 70 1985; (p. 18-19)

— Review of The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
Untitled Thomas Shapcott , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 250-251)

— Review of The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
Gold, but Not Water Nicolas Rothwell , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22-23 August 2015; (p. 16-17)

— Review of The Girl Green as Elderflower Randolph Stow 1980 single work novel ; The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel ; To the Islands Randolph Stow 1958 single work novel ; Tourmaline Randolph Stow 1963 single work novel ; Visitants Randolph Stow 1979 single work novel
Like a Thief in the Night Michelle De Kretser , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 374 2015; (p. 67-68, 70)

— Review of The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 19 September 2015; (p. 28)

— Review of To the Islands Randolph Stow 1958 single work novel ; The Girl Green as Elderflower Randolph Stow 1980 single work novel ; Visitants Randolph Stow 1979 single work novel ; The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel ; Tourmaline Randolph Stow 1963 single work novel
Vanishing Wunderkind Anthony J. Hassall , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 314 2009; (p. 29-31)
The Australian Horror Novel Since 1950 James Doig , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 112-127)
According to James Doig the horror genre 'was overlooked by the popular circulating libraries in Australia.' In this chapter he observes that this 'marginalization of horror reflects both the trepidation felt by the conservative library system towards 'penny dreadfuls,' and the fact that horror had limited popular appeal with the British (and Australian) reading public.' Doig concludes that there is 'no Australian author of horror novels with the same commercial cachet' as authors of fantasy or science fiction. He proposes that if Australian horror fiction wants to compete successfully 'in the long-term it needs to develop a flourishing and vibrant small press contingent prepared to nurture new talent' like the USA and UK small presses.' (Editor's foreword xii)
Grievous Music : Randolph Stow's Middle Ages Melanie Duckworth , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October - November vol. 26 no. 3-4 2011; (p. 102-114)
Swamp to Supermarket : Suburbia in Recent Western Australian Fiction Margot Luke , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , December vol. 35 no. 4 1990; (p. 93-97)
Randolph Stow Candida Baker (interviewer), 1989 single work biography interview
— Appears in: Yacker 3 : Australian Writers Talk About Their Work 1989; (p. 284-300)
The Man Behind the Pseudonym Richard Wallace (interviewer), 1985 single work biography interview
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 1 June 1985; (p. 17)
Randolph Stow's Novels of Exile Bruce King , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , November vol. 1 no. 2 1987; (p. 75-78)
y The Novels of Randolph Stow : A Critical Study Nidhi Bhagat , Jaipur : Pointer Publishers , 1993 Z149809 1993 single work criticism
From Metastasis to Metamorphosis : The House of Self in the Novels of Randolph Stow Marc Delrez , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 12 no. 1 1990; (p. 32-47)
Randolph Stow : A Double Nostalgia Graeme Kinross-Smith , 1985 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: This Australia , Spring vol. 4 no. 4 1985; (p. 17-23)
The Self-Critical Craftsman : Randolph Stow Peter Kuch , Paul Kavanagh , 1986 single work interview
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 46 no. 4 1986; (p. 437-443) Conversations : Interviews with Australian Writers 1991; (p. 231-241)
In a Critical Condition : Two Responses to John Docker : II Veronica Brady , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 30 no. 2 1985; (p. 83-87)
Mal du Pays: Symbolic Geography in the Work of Randolph Stow Martin Leer , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 15 no. 1 1991; (p. 3-25)
The Unknown Quality of the Sea Lyn Drummond , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 November 1990; (p. B8)
A Place to Come To Lyn Drummond , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Island , Autumn no. 54 1993; (p. 48-50)
A Postmodernist City Veronica Brady , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island Magazine , Autumn no. 30 1987; (p. 3-9) First Rights : A Decade of Island Magazine 1989; (p. 18-27)
The Islands of Randolph Stow Fiona Richards , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 72 no. 3 2012; (p. 103-118)

'Randolph Stow (1935-2010) prefaced his novel To the Islands with this quotation [see epigraph below] drawn from the writings of his great great uncle. Coming from an island that is also a continent, where 'arguably, 'island-ness' was and still is at the core of the Australian worldview' (Davies and Neuenfeldt, 2004: 137), the notion of 'island', sometimes imaginary, sometimes having a geographical precision, is manifest in Stow's writings in many different ways. An aura of mystery pervades all of his novels, the sea is often present, and there are recurring themes of isolation and boundedness.' (Author's introduction)

Sound and Music in the Works of Randolph Stow Fiona Richards , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 27 no. 2 2013; (p. 177-183)
'Music resonates through the works of Randolph Stow (1935-2010), with landscape, sounds, and words entwined across his elegant and lyrical output. Just as the author describes Shakespeare as having words for every emotion, so has Stow a song for every situation, with specific pieces of music used to locate fiction in time and place. Here, Richards talks about the sound and music in the works of Randolph Stow. Music in performance has a strong presence in his writings, from domestic gatherings to country music, Christian worship and indigenous rituals.' (Publication abstract)
‘So Insistently Literary’ : The Englishness of Randolph Stow Fiona Richards , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 5 2014;

'Randolph Stow (1935–2010) moved to England in the 1960s, choosing to settle in his ancestral places, first in Suffolk, then in Essex. This article considers how ‘Englishness’ is evident in his choice of home, in the influences on his writings, in his interest in myth, and in his use of dialect. Continuity and renewal lie at the heart of his final two novels, The Girl Green as Elderflower and The Suburbs of Hell in Essex, this ‘circling’ a particularly English trait. Stow came to know and love his new East Anglian countryside, writing its greenness and its flowers into The Girl Green as Elderflower, its gritty coast into The Suburbs of Hell. Much has been written of Stow’s evocation of landscape in his Australian novels, and the same receptivity to place can be seen in his final two novels. The article draws heavily on biographical resonances and on Stow’s many letters home, as well as linking his work to other writers who have been captivated by the unique atmosphere of the east of England, with its flat expanses and wide skies.' (Publication abstract)

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