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y Feather Man single work   novel  
  • Author: Rhyll McMaster http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/mcmaster-rhyll
Issue Details: First known date: 2007 2007
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'Set in Brisbane during the stultifying 1950s, and moving to the grubby London of the 1970s, Feather Man is about Sooky, who, ignored by her parents, is encouraged to make herself scarce and visit Lionel, their elderly next dour neighbour. McMaster brings Brisbane to life, depicting a home full of powerful emblems, The Thor washing machine thunders away. A kookaburra is perched on the oven door. Following Sooky from her neglected childhood to womanhood and her entry into the an world, the book combines comedy with emotional intensity. When Sooky's attraction to Redmond leads her to London, her past follows her into the future in a deadly confrontation' (Book jacket, American edition).

Notes

  • Feather Man was longlisted for the 2009 British World Book Day.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Blackheath, Blue Mountains, Sydney, New South Wales,: Brandl and Schlesinger , 2007 .
      907376099219239469.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 309p.
      ISBN: 9781876040833 (pbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      Marion Boyars , 2008 .
      Extent: 317p.
      ISBN: 9780714531489

Works about this Work

Engaging the Metaphorical City : Brisbane Male Fiction 1975-2007 Susan Carson , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sweat : The Subtropical Imaginary 2011; (p. 45-53)
'Brisbane writers and writing are increasingly represented as important to the city's identity as a site of urban cool, at least in marketing and public relations paradigms. It is therefore remarkable that recent Brisbane fiction clings strongly to a particular relationship to the climatic and built environment that is often located in the past and which seemingly turns away, or at least elides, the 'new' technologically-driven Brisbane. Literary Brisbane is often depicted in the context of nostalgia for the Brisbane that once was—a tropical, timbered, luxuriant city in which sex is associated with heat, and, in particular, sweat. In this writing sweat can produced by adrenaline or heat, but in particular, in Brisbane novels, it is the sweat of sex that characterises the literary city. Given that Brisbane is in fact a subtropical city, it is interesting that metaphors of a tropical climate and vegetation occur so frequently in Brisbane stories (and narratives set in other parts of the state) that writer Thea Astley was prompted at one point to remark that Queensland writing was in danger of developing into a tropical cliché.' Susan Carson.
Debbie Lim Reviews Feather Man by Rhyll McMaster Debbie Lim , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , May no. 7 2010;

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
Letter Home : England, Later... Rhyll McMaster , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , April vol. 41 no. 1 2009; (p. 34)
Plotting a Novel Left Poet at a Loss for Words Angela Bennie , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29-30 March 2008; (p. 13)
Novelist Wins Prize for 'Empowering Women' James Madden , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 March 2008; (p. 3)
An Appreciation : Rhyll McMaster 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Newswrite : The NSW Writers' Centre Magazine , June/July no. 179 2008; (p. 13)
'Lost Dog' Has Its Day 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , July vol. 88 no. 1 2008; (p. 8)
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 August 2008; (p. 26)
A column canvassing current literary news including brief reports on the shortlist for the inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Awards and the inclusion of Rhyll McMaster's Feather Man on USA independent booksellers' picks for September 2008. Wyndham also notes that Nam Le will be a guest at the 2008 Edinburgh Book Festival.
Reclaiming Identity in Rhyll McMaster's Feather Man Eileen Chong , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 34 no. 2 2008; (p. 127-136)
Artist's Journey Is Richly Drawn A. P. Riemer , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 April 2007; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
Untitled Gabriel Fava , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April/May vol. 86 no. 8 2007; (p. 37)

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
Books Fiction Elli Housden , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 - 6 May 2007; (p. 30)

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
Mystery, Intensity Strikes Home Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 June 2007; (p. 9)

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
No Sweetness in Bitter Tale of Abuse Rachel Cunneen , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 June 2007; (p. 12)

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
Getting It Right the First Time Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , July vol. 2 no. 6 2007; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Affection : A Novel Ian Townsend 2005 single work novel ; Passarola Rising Azhar Abidi 2006 single work novel ; Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel ; The Scandal of the Season Sophie Gee 2007 single work novel
A Cardboard World Christina Hill , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 293 2007; (p. 51)

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
It Begins with Violation Michelle Griffin , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 July 2007; (p. 25)

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
Fiction Beverley Farmer , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Spring no. 110 2007; (p. 48-50)

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
The Year's Work in Fiction Anthony J. Hassall , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 52 no. 2007; (p. 187-199)

— Review of The Best Australian Stories 2006 2006 anthology short story extract ; Love Without Hope Rodney Hall 2007 single work novel ; India Vik Liz Gallois 2006 selected work short story ; Glass Adriana Moya Ellis 2006 selected work short story ; The Unknown Terrorist Richard Flanagan 2006 single work novel ; The Unexpected Elements of Love Kate Legge 2006 single work novel ; Nights in the Asylum Carol Lefevre 2007 single work novel ; The American Brother Manfred Jurgensen 2007 single work novel ; Sorry Gail Jones 2007 single work novel ; Swallow the Air Tara June Winch 2003 selected work short story ; The Gospel of Gods and Crocodiles Elizabeth Stead 2007 single work novel ; Careless Deborah Robertson 2006 single work novel ; Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel ; Carpentaria Alexis Wright 2006 single work novel
Unpicking the Universe Louise Swinn , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 189 2007; (p. 82-86)

— Review of Helen Garner and the Meaning of Everything Alex I. Jones 2006 single work novel ; National Treasure Michael Wilding 2007 single work novel ; The Widow and Her Hero Thomas Keneally 2007 single work novel ; Long Afternoon of the World Graeme Kinross-Smith 2007 single work novel ; The American Brother Manfred Jurgensen 2007 single work novel ; Love Without Hope Rodney Hall 2007 single work novel ; Company : A Novel Max Barry 2006 single work novel ; The End of the World Paddy O'Reilly 2007 selected work short story ; Dodging the Bull : Stories Paul Mitchell 2007 selected work short story ; Rohypnol Andrew Hutchinson 2006 single work novel ; Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel ; Omar and Enzo in the Big Talking Book Colin Batrouney 2007 single work novel ; Confessions and Memoirs : National Anthology of New Australian Writing 2006 anthology short story extract autobiography
Artist's Journey Is Richly Drawn A. P. Riemer , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 April 2007; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
Untitled Gabriel Fava , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April/May vol. 86 no. 8 2007; (p. 37)

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
Books Fiction Elli Housden , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 - 6 May 2007; (p. 30)

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
Mystery, Intensity Strikes Home Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 June 2007; (p. 9)

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
No Sweetness in Bitter Tale of Abuse Rachel Cunneen , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 June 2007; (p. 12)

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
Getting It Right the First Time Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , July vol. 2 no. 6 2007; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Affection : A Novel Ian Townsend 2005 single work novel ; Passarola Rising Azhar Abidi 2006 single work novel ; Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel ; The Scandal of the Season Sophie Gee 2007 single work novel
A Cardboard World Christina Hill , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 293 2007; (p. 51)

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
It Begins with Violation Michelle Griffin , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 July 2007; (p. 25)

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
Fiction Beverley Farmer , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Spring no. 110 2007; (p. 48-50)

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
The Year's Work in Fiction Anthony J. Hassall , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 52 no. 2007; (p. 187-199)

— Review of The Best Australian Stories 2006 2006 anthology short story extract ; Love Without Hope Rodney Hall 2007 single work novel ; India Vik Liz Gallois 2006 selected work short story ; Glass Adriana Moya Ellis 2006 selected work short story ; The Unknown Terrorist Richard Flanagan 2006 single work novel ; The Unexpected Elements of Love Kate Legge 2006 single work novel ; Nights in the Asylum Carol Lefevre 2007 single work novel ; The American Brother Manfred Jurgensen 2007 single work novel ; Sorry Gail Jones 2007 single work novel ; Swallow the Air Tara June Winch 2003 selected work short story ; The Gospel of Gods and Crocodiles Elizabeth Stead 2007 single work novel ; Careless Deborah Robertson 2006 single work novel ; Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel ; Carpentaria Alexis Wright 2006 single work novel
Unpicking the Universe Louise Swinn , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 189 2007; (p. 82-86)

— Review of Helen Garner and the Meaning of Everything Alex I. Jones 2006 single work novel ; National Treasure Michael Wilding 2007 single work novel ; The Widow and Her Hero Thomas Keneally 2007 single work novel ; Long Afternoon of the World Graeme Kinross-Smith 2007 single work novel ; The American Brother Manfred Jurgensen 2007 single work novel ; Love Without Hope Rodney Hall 2007 single work novel ; Company : A Novel Max Barry 2006 single work novel ; The End of the World Paddy O'Reilly 2007 selected work short story ; Dodging the Bull : Stories Paul Mitchell 2007 selected work short story ; Rohypnol Andrew Hutchinson 2006 single work novel ; Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel ; Omar and Enzo in the Big Talking Book Colin Batrouney 2007 single work novel ; Confessions and Memoirs : National Anthology of New Australian Writing 2006 anthology short story extract autobiography
What's in a Name? Rachel Slater , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 19 no. 1 2007;

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
Debbie Lim Reviews Feather Man by Rhyll McMaster Debbie Lim , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , May no. 7 2010;

— Review of Feather Man Rhyll McMaster 2007 single work novel
Plotting a Novel Left Poet at a Loss for Words Angela Bennie , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29-30 March 2008; (p. 13)
Novelist Wins Prize for 'Empowering Women' James Madden , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 March 2008; (p. 3)
An Appreciation : Rhyll McMaster 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Newswrite : The NSW Writers' Centre Magazine , June/July no. 179 2008; (p. 13)
'Lost Dog' Has Its Day 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , July vol. 88 no. 1 2008; (p. 8)
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 August 2008; (p. 26)
A column canvassing current literary news including brief reports on the shortlist for the inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Awards and the inclusion of Rhyll McMaster's Feather Man on USA independent booksellers' picks for September 2008. Wyndham also notes that Nam Le will be a guest at the 2008 Edinburgh Book Festival.
Reclaiming Identity in Rhyll McMaster's Feather Man Eileen Chong , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 34 no. 2 2008; (p. 127-136)
Letter Home : England, Later... Rhyll McMaster , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , April vol. 41 no. 1 2009; (p. 34)
Engaging the Metaphorical City : Brisbane Male Fiction 1975-2007 Susan Carson , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sweat : The Subtropical Imaginary 2011; (p. 45-53)
'Brisbane writers and writing are increasingly represented as important to the city's identity as a site of urban cool, at least in marketing and public relations paradigms. It is therefore remarkable that recent Brisbane fiction clings strongly to a particular relationship to the climatic and built environment that is often located in the past and which seemingly turns away, or at least elides, the 'new' technologically-driven Brisbane. Literary Brisbane is often depicted in the context of nostalgia for the Brisbane that once was—a tropical, timbered, luxuriant city in which sex is associated with heat, and, in particular, sweat. In this writing sweat can produced by adrenaline or heat, but in particular, in Brisbane novels, it is the sweat of sex that characterises the literary city. Given that Brisbane is in fact a subtropical city, it is interesting that metaphors of a tropical climate and vegetation occur so frequently in Brisbane stories (and narratives set in other parts of the state) that writer Thea Astley was prompted at one point to remark that Queensland writing was in danger of developing into a tropical cliché.' Susan Carson.
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