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Issue Details: First known date: 1986 1986
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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Heinemann , 1986 .
      Extent: 113p.
      Reprinted: 1987 , 1989
      ISBN: 0858594048, 0858594056 (pbk)
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Mammoth , 1991 .
      Extent: 113p.
      ISBN: 1863300686 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

The New Farm Park Powerhouse and the Writing of the Inner Circle Gary Crew , 2001 single work prose autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin : Fine Writing and Provocative Ideas , vol. 60 no. 1 2001; (p. 124-128)
The New Farm Powerhouse Conversion Project Michael Rayner , 2001 single work prose
— Appears in: Meanjin : Fine Writing and Provocative Ideas , vol. 60 no. 1 2001; (p. 128-133)
The Inner Circle and The House of Tomorrow Bernard McKenna , Sharyn Pearce , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Strange Journeys : The Works of Gary Crew 1999; (p. 21-51)
Writing on the Edge: Gary Crew's Fiction Alice Mills , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 8 no. 3 1998; (p. 25-35)
Mills gives an overview of Australian author Gary Crew's work, which she describes as 'characterized by doubt' and offering endings which remain unresolved rather than the formulaic 'happy endings' which permeate conventional children's stories (25). Crew has won many literary awards for his children's fiction, however his stories are decidely ambiguous and post-modern in their 'celebration of doubt' (34), which attracts criticism on the grounds that the texts are too 'difficult and demanding for young children' (25). Mills offers a succinct and insightful discussion which explores how Crew's narratives of child-adolescent maturation play with the conventions of the gothic-horror genre by refusing 'the guarantee of a revelation to come' (34). Mills says 'At his strongest, he brings to the reader's notice the human need to make sense of the world. The power of his fiction derives not from him meeting such needs but from playing upon them' (25).
Objects Strangely Familiar : Symbolism and Literary Allusion in the Novels of Gary Crew Diane Humphery , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , August vol. 6 no. 2 1996; (p. 37-45)
Humphery discusses Crew's novels as a means of introducing young readers 'to important elements of style and literary techniques while at the same time immersing them in the wonderfully rich world of English literature'. Crewe's novels deliberately blur the boundaries between reality and fantasy as well as providing a 'much-needed bridge between popular culture and the traditional classics' and in this sense, his signifiers are highly provisional with the appeal of his work arising from the continual flickering, spilling and diffusing of meaning' (37). As novels of adolescent self-discovery, Humphery points out that 'the rites of passage are carried out within a framework which explores far-reaching historical, political, moral and religious values (37).
Post-Colonialism, Justice and Good Stories: An Interview with Gary Crew Bernard McKenna , Philip Neilsen , 1994 single work interview
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , July vol. 6 no. 2 1994; (p. 14-30)
The Development of Structure and Style in the Fiction of Gary Crew Pamela Lloyd , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 1 no. 4 1993; (p. 12-15)
The Architecture of Memory Gary Crew , 1992 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Australian Author , Autumn vol. 24 no. 1 1992; (p. 24-27) The Written World : Youth and Literature 1994; (p. 147-154)
Library for Toddlers to Treasure Jackie Hammerton , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Herald Sun , 1 June 1991; (p. 51)

— Review of The Inner Circle Gary Crew 1986 single work novel ; The Watching Lake Elaine Forrestal 1991 single work children's fiction
Untitled Laurie Copping , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 35 no. 3 1991; (p. 27-28)

— Review of The Inner Circle Gary Crew 1986 single work novel
Identity in Australia : Gary Crew's Adolescent Novels Sharyn Pearce , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature , August vol. 1 no. 2 1990; (p. 51-58)
The Portrayal of the Aboriginal in Modern Australian Children's Literature Mary White , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature , August vol. 1 no. 2 1990; (p. 75-86)
Teenage Visions Donna Sharp , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Queensland Writer , Summer (1989-1990) vol. 1 no. 5 1989; (p. 27)

— Review of The Inner Circle Gary Crew 1986 single work novel
Teenage Visions Donna Sharp , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Queensland Writer , Summer (1989-1990) vol. 1 no. 5 1989; (p. 27)

— Review of The Inner Circle Gary Crew 1986 single work novel
Library for Toddlers to Treasure Jackie Hammerton , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Herald Sun , 1 June 1991; (p. 51)

— Review of The Inner Circle Gary Crew 1986 single work novel ; The Watching Lake Elaine Forrestal 1991 single work children's fiction
Untitled Laurie Copping , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 35 no. 3 1991; (p. 27-28)

— Review of The Inner Circle Gary Crew 1986 single work novel
The Architecture of Memory Gary Crew , 1992 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Australian Author , Autumn vol. 24 no. 1 1992; (p. 24-27) The Written World : Youth and Literature 1994; (p. 147-154)
The Inner Circle and The House of Tomorrow Bernard McKenna , Sharyn Pearce , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Strange Journeys : The Works of Gary Crew 1999; (p. 21-51)
Post-Colonialism, Justice and Good Stories: An Interview with Gary Crew Bernard McKenna , Philip Neilsen , 1994 single work interview
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , July vol. 6 no. 2 1994; (p. 14-30)
Identity in Australia : Gary Crew's Adolescent Novels Sharyn Pearce , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature , August vol. 1 no. 2 1990; (p. 51-58)
The Portrayal of the Aboriginal in Modern Australian Children's Literature Mary White , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature , August vol. 1 no. 2 1990; (p. 75-86)
The Development of Structure and Style in the Fiction of Gary Crew Pamela Lloyd , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 1 no. 4 1993; (p. 12-15)
The New Farm Park Powerhouse and the Writing of the Inner Circle Gary Crew , 2001 single work prose autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin : Fine Writing and Provocative Ideas , vol. 60 no. 1 2001; (p. 124-128)
The New Farm Powerhouse Conversion Project Michael Rayner , 2001 single work prose
— Appears in: Meanjin : Fine Writing and Provocative Ideas , vol. 60 no. 1 2001; (p. 128-133)
Objects Strangely Familiar : Symbolism and Literary Allusion in the Novels of Gary Crew Diane Humphery , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , August vol. 6 no. 2 1996; (p. 37-45)
Humphery discusses Crew's novels as a means of introducing young readers 'to important elements of style and literary techniques while at the same time immersing them in the wonderfully rich world of English literature'. Crewe's novels deliberately blur the boundaries between reality and fantasy as well as providing a 'much-needed bridge between popular culture and the traditional classics' and in this sense, his signifiers are highly provisional with the appeal of his work arising from the continual flickering, spilling and diffusing of meaning' (37). As novels of adolescent self-discovery, Humphery points out that 'the rites of passage are carried out within a framework which explores far-reaching historical, political, moral and religious values (37).
Writing on the Edge: Gary Crew's Fiction Alice Mills , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 8 no. 3 1998; (p. 25-35)
Mills gives an overview of Australian author Gary Crew's work, which she describes as 'characterized by doubt' and offering endings which remain unresolved rather than the formulaic 'happy endings' which permeate conventional children's stories (25). Crew has won many literary awards for his children's fiction, however his stories are decidely ambiguous and post-modern in their 'celebration of doubt' (34), which attracts criticism on the grounds that the texts are too 'difficult and demanding for young children' (25). Mills offers a succinct and insightful discussion which explores how Crew's narratives of child-adolescent maturation play with the conventions of the gothic-horror genre by refusing 'the guarantee of a revelation to come' (34). Mills says 'At his strongest, he brings to the reader's notice the human need to make sense of the world. The power of his fiction derives not from him meeting such needs but from playing upon them' (25).
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