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Michael McGirr Michael McGirr i(A28452 works by)
Born: Established: 1961 ;
Gender: Male
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1 Introduction Michael McGirr , 2020 single work essay
— Appears in: Youth : Scenes from Provincial Life 2020;
1 Meet the Fokker : The Tempests and Evasions of Charles Kingsford Smith Michael McGirr , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June - July no. 412 2019; (p. 49-50)

— Review of King of the Air : The Turbulent Life of Charles Kingsford Smith Ann Blainey , 2018 single work biography

'People spent a lot of time looking for the pioneering aviator Charles Kingsford Smith. When he disappeared for the final time in 1935 just south of Myanmar, then known as Burma, he was just thirty-eight but felt ancient. Hopeful rescuers came from far and wide, but their efforts were not rewarded. Ann Blainey remarks wryly that one day the Andaman Sea may ‘give up its secret’, but, until then, Smithy’s final resting place is as mysterious as that of MH 370.'  (Introduction)

1 2 y separately published work icon Books That Saved My Life : Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure Michael McGirr , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2018 13940650 2018 selected work essay

'HERE are forty texts to read at some stage in your life: forty texts that can enrich you in all manner of ways. Some are recent, like Harry Potter; some ancient, like Homer and Lao Tzu. There are memoirs (Nelson Mandela), poetry (Les Murray) and many of the world’s great novels, from George Eliot’s Middlemarch to Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

'Our guide, in entertaining short essays about personal encounters with each of these works, is Michael McGirr: schoolteacher and former priest, reviewer of hundreds of novels and lifelong lover of literature. His humour and insight shine through in stories that connect the texts he has selected with each other, and connect us to them.

'Never prescriptive, and often very funny, this book is an invitation to reflect on—and share with others—the extraordinary gift of reading. ‘It is a gift that is taking me a lifetime to unwrap,’ McGirr writes. ‘The excitement has never worn off.''.

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 Tension and Ambiguities in a War-ravaged Society Michael McGirr , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 July 2016; (p. 19) The Saturday Age , 30-31 July 2016; (p. 19)

— Review of Ruins Rajith Savanadasa , 2016 single work novel
1 Meditation on the Search for Sanctuary Michael McGirr , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 9 July 2016; (p. 20)

— Review of Asylum John Hughes , 2016 single work novel
'... John Hughes' novella, Asylum, is no less astringent and tough-minded. It is a more abstract meditation on similar themes to those at work in Chasing Asylum but with an underpinning as much in philosophy as in any immediate political crisis. ...'
1 The Healing Party Review : Micheline Lee's Exquisitely Rendered Debut Novel Michael McGirr , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 17 June 2016;

— Review of The Healing Party Micheline Lee , 2016 single work novel
'As soon as she finished school, Natasha Chan ran away to Darwin. Eight years later, she is summoned back to Melbourne by her eldest sister, Anita. Natasha returns to the very street from which she had fled because her mother, Irene, is dying of cancer. For the next few months, she will try to build some kind of bridge to Irene, a woman with whom she has longed to be able to connect. ...'
1 Family Fortunes in Distressing Times Michael McGirr , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 June 2016; (p. 24) The Saturday Age , 18-19 June 2016; (p. 24)

— Review of The Healing Party Micheline Lee , 2016 single work novel
1 Struggletown Michael McGirr , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 382 2016; (p. 57)

— Review of The Fighter : A True Story Arnold Zable , 2016 single work biography
1 Space for Laughter Michael McGirr , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 380 2016; (p. 38)

— Review of Waiting Philip Salom , 2016 single work novel
1 Lament with a Light Touch for the Magic of the Inner City Michael McGirr , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 March 2016; (p. 25) The Saturday Age , 19-20 March 2016; (p. 25)

— Review of Comfort Zone Lindsay Tanner , 2016 single work novel
1 Blunt of View : Portrait of a One-Man Band Michael McGirr , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , January-February no. 378 2016; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Santamaria : A Most Unusual Man Gerard Henderson , 2015 single work biography
1 A Review of Over There by Stanislaus Nguyen Michael McGirr , 2016 single work short story
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 75 no. 2 2016; (p. 121-127) The Best Australian Stories 2016 2016; (p. 164-173)
'Over There is the third volume of Stan Nguyen's comic memoirs. For a man who, in the course of this book, celebrates his fortieth birthday, that's not bad going. Socrates said famously that the unexamined life was not worth living. If he were alive today, he might have said that the unlived examination is not worth much either...' (Introduction)
1 Real News Michael McGirr , 2016 single work review essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 387 2016; (p. 14)
'You can judge this memoir by its poignant cover. It shows a picture of the author taken in 1966 when he was eight or nine years old. Behind him is one of the accessories of the baby boomer period, a Volkswagen. The Beetle is parked near long grass, redolent of Melbourne’s outer suburban fringe, an area that features prominently in Shaun Carney’s account of his origins. Frankston and Carrum Downs are the heartland of this book' (Introduction)
1 Crimes of the Father Review : Tom Keneally Tackles Abuse in the Catholic Church Michael McGirr , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 11 November 2016;

— Review of Crimes of the Father Thomas Keneally , 2016 single work novel
'There are a growing number of novels prepared to tell the story of paedophilia within various church communities, not least the Catholic Church. Few of them have needed to stray far from the grim facts. ...'
1 Mourning for a Deeply Wounded Culture Michael McGirr , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 November 2016; (p. 24)

— Review of Crimes of the Father Thomas Keneally , 2016 single work novel
1 Strength in Gentleness Michael McGirr , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 22-23 October 2016; (p. 22)

— Review of The Science of Appearances Jacinta Halloran , 2016 single work novel
1 Island Hopping from Longing to Loneliness Michael McGirr , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 August 2015; (p. 29) The Saturday Age , 8-9 August 2015; (p. 29)

— Review of Archipelago of Souls Gregory Day , 2015 single work novel
1 The Subtle Post-mortems of Grief Great Leaps of Faith Michael McGirr , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 June 2015; (p. 32-33) The Canberra Times , 13 June 2015; (p. 14) The Age , 13 June 2015; (p. 26)

— Review of Leap Myfanwy Jones , 2015 single work novel
1 Settling Accounts and Old Scores Search for a Place to Belong Michael McGirr , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-26 April 2015; The Canberra Times , 25 April 2015; (p. 14) The Age , 25 April 2015; (p. 30)

— Review of Settling Day Kate Howarth , 2015 single work autobiography
1 Leader of the Pack A Shrewd Look at a Beguiling Man Michael McGirr , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 April 2015; (p. 26) The Canberra Times , 11 April 2015; (p. 15) The Age , 11 April 2015; (p. 26)

— Review of Mannix Brenda Niall , 2015 single work biography
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