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1 Posthumous Mortifications : Steve Toltz’s Exploration of Fear Amy Baillieu , 2022 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 443 2022; (p. 27)

— Review of Here Goes Nothing Steve Toltz , 2022 single work novel

'What happens when we die? Human curiosity about the afterlife has inspired countless artists and storytellers from the earliest myths through to Dante and Boccaccio. More recently we’ve had Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones (2002) and George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo (2017), as well as sitcoms like Netflix’s philosophical The Good Place and Amazon’s capitalist dystopia Upload, and now Steve Toltz’s alternately bleak and bonkers take in Here Goes Nothing.'  (Introduction)

1 Wayne’s World : Emily Bitto’s Baroque New Novel Amy Baillieu , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 437 2021; (p. 31)

— Review of Wild Abandon Emily Bitto , 2021 single work novel

'Joe Exotic. Carole Baskin. Tiger King. There was a moment in early 2020 when these were names to conjure with; when a plague-ridden world became fascinated with the outlandish behaviour of these larger-than-life Americans and their unbelievably legal menageries of ‘exotic’ animals. Now, as we inch closer to ‘Covid-normal’, revisiting this surreal world through Emily Bitto’s exuberantly baroque second novel, Wild Abandon, is an unsettling experience.' (Introduction)

1 Something in the Air : A Haunted Puzzle of a Novel Amy Baillieu , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 435 2021; (p. 16)

— Review of The Airways Jennifer Mills , 2021 single work novel

'There is something, or rather someone, in the air in Jennifer Mills’s dark fourth novel. The Airways represents another leap towards the uncanny for Mills, whose previous book, the Miles Franklin-shortlisted Dyschronia (2018), was already a departure from the more traditionally realist modes of her earlier novels, The Diamond Anchor (2009) and Gone (2011), and short story collection, The Rest Is Weight (2012).' (Introduction)

1 y separately published work icon In Conversation with Nicole Abadee about Sofie Laguna's 'Infinite Splendours' Amy Baillieu (presenter), Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 23439852 2020 single work podcast

'In today's episode, Amy Baillieu speaks to Nicole Abadee about Sofie Laguna's latest novel, Infinite Splendours. In her November issue review, Abadee reflects that Laguna 'does not shy away from confronting subject matter' and notes that Infinite Splendours represents 'new territory' for Laguna as it follows protagonist Lawrence from childhood into adulthood. Baillieu and Abadee also discuss Abadee's own podcast Books Books Books.' (Production summary)

1 A Nowhere Space : Kate Mildenhall’s Urgent New Dystopian Novel Amy Baillieu , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 427 2020;

— Review of The Mother Fault Kate Mildenhall , 2020 single work novel

'Kate Mildenhall’s confronting new novel, The Mother Fault, is set in an alarming near-future Australia. Climate change has left refugees ‘marking trails like new currents on the maps as they swarm to higher, cooler ground’. Sea levels have risen, species have died out, farmlands have been contaminated, and meat is a luxury. Unprecedented bushfires occur regularly; technology and surveillance are ubiquitous, with bulbous cameras hanging ‘like oddly uniform fruit bats from the streetlights’. The media is controlled, and Australian citizens are microchipped and monitored by a totalitarian government known as ‘the Department’. The ‘Dob in Disunity’ app offers ‘gamified’ rewards to informants (‘Even kids could join in the fun!’), while troublemakers can be relocated to ‘BestLife’ housing estates where the reality is far from the Instagram hashtag. Reflecting on the events that led to this, protagonist Mim notes that the world ‘shifted slowly, then so fast, while they watched but didn’t see. They weren’t stupid. Or even oppressed in the beginning.’' (Introduction)

1 Bearing Witness Amy Baillieu , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 419 2020; (p. 27)

— Review of The Bass Rock Evie Wyld , 2020 single work novel
'In a 2013 interview with British literary magazine Structo, Anglo-Australian author Evie Wyld recalls lamenting to a writing tutor that she wanted to write a big action thriller, ‘something with Arnold Schwarzenegger and machine guns and blood and explosions’ but was always writing ‘really quiet little paragraphs about Dads’. These paragraphs evolved into her haunting début novel, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice (2009). Wyld’s Miles Franklin Award-winning second novel, All the Birds, Singing (2013), was followed by a graphic memoir produced in collaboration with Joe Sumner, Everything Is Teeth (2015), detailing childhood summers spent on Wyld’s grandparents’ sugar cane farm and her shark fixation. The Bass Rock, her new novel, may not be a big action thriller either, but it is far from quiet and there is plenty of blood.' (Introduction)
1 Echoes Amy Baillieu , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 416 2019; (p. 39)

— Review of The Trespassers Meg Mundell , 2019 single work novel

'As the ship carrying nine-year-old Cleary Sullivan and his mother, Cate, sets sail from Liverpool, there is a ‘flurry’ among the passengers. A ‘violent slash of red; tall as a house and shining wet’ has appeared on the dock, visible only to those onboard. Cleary’s mind fills with images of ‘some diabolical creature of the deep, blood erupting from its mouth’. The reality is more prosaic – some spilt paint – but it is an ominous beginning.' (Introduction)

1 Metempsychosis Amy Baillieu , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June - July no. 412 2019; (p. 36)

'I didn’t write this review. I stole it. Or so a review that echoes the framing conceit of Alex Landragin’s elegant and unusual début might begin. This richly allusive, speculative historical novel opens with a preface from the book’s self-described ‘adopted parent’, the fictionalised ‘Alex Landragin’. Following the sudden death of the ‘Baroness’, an ardent and obsessive bibliophile with a keen interest in Charles Baudelaire, this ‘second-generation Parisian bookbinder’ finds himself in possession of a mysterious loose-leaf manuscript. Despite the Baroness’s strict injunction not to read it, he finally succumbs to curiosity and devours it in ‘one fevered sitting, on a winter’s night so cold ice was forming on the Seine’.' (Introduction)

1 Kaleidoscope Amy Baillieu , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 401 2018; (p. 37)

'Robbie Arnott’s Flames is an exuberantly creative and confident début. Set in an alternate Tasmania, Flames’s kaleidoscopic narrative crackles with energy and imagination. This is a world of briefly reincarnating women, gin-swigging private detectives, wombat farms, malevolent cormorants, elementals and nature gods, fishermen who form lifelong bonds with seals, and coffee-table books about coffins; a world in which the complex bonds of love and family are further compounded by enhanced abilities, supernatural influences, and unusual genetic legacies. While some characters and developments are inspired by real events and people, this is a story that sparks with invention.' (introduction)

1 Cold Places Amy Baillieu , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 385 2016; (p. 31)

— Review of The Good People Hannah Kent , 2016 single work novel
'After reading her début novel about Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last person to be executed in Iceland, no one is likely to pick up a book by Hannah Kent expecting a frothy comedy set in a sun-drenched contemporary location, but even for the author of Burial Rites (2013) this compelling new historical novel ventures into grim and shadowy territory.' (Introduction)
1 Wonder and Grief Amy Baillieu , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 369 2015; (p. 36)

— Review of Clade James Bradley , 2015 single work novel
1 Review : Letter to George Clooney Amy Baillieu , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 359 2014;

— Review of Letter to George Clooney Debra Adelaide , 2013 selected work short story
1 Zoe Dattner and Louise Swinn (eds): The Sleepers Almanac No. 8 Amy Baillieu , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 350 2013;

— Review of The Sleepers Almanac No. 8 2012 anthology short story
1 The Swirling Kelp Amy Baillieu , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 343 2012; (p. 68)

— Review of Past the Shallows Favel Parrett , 2011 single work novel
1 Jason's Ladder Amy Baillieu , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 342 2012; (p. 25)

— Review of Eleven Seasons Paul D. Carter , 2008 single work novel
1 [Review] Love, Honour and O'Brien Amy Baillieu , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 333 2011; (p. 51)

— Review of Love, Honour and O'Brien Jennifer Rowe , 2011 single work novel
1 Review : Paris Dreaming Amy Baillieu , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 330 2011; (p. 38)

— Review of Paris Dreaming Anita Heiss , 2011 single work novel
1 Untitled Amy Baillieu , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 325 2010; (p. 54)

— Review of Campaign Ruby Jessica Rudd , 2010 single work novel
1 [Review] Sugar Sugar Amy Baillieu , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 323 2010; (p. 70)

— Review of Sugar Sugar Carole Wilkinson , 2010 single work novel
1 Quiet Liberation Amy Baillieu , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 321 2010; (p. 35)

— Review of Trust Kate Veitch , 2010 single work novel
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