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1 Tsunami Robert Reynolds , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 403 2018; (p. 61)

 'Midway through this account of his life as a gay doctor who specialised in sexually transmitted infections, David Bradford diagnoses his first case of AIDS. It is February 1985 and Bradford is the director of the Melbourne Communicable Diseases Centre (MCDC) and the chief venereologist of Victoria. His patient James is a working class Maltese-Australian man in his late twenties whom Bradford had met while conducting a clinic testing for syphilis at a gay sauna. James, a good-looking and popular patron, presents with troubling symptoms: black spots on his skin; swollen glands; weight loss. He is terrified. Bradford gently breaks the probable diagnosis of AIDS. ‘James looked like a scared school boy.’ He departs with a referral to the Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital and Bradford’s home phone number. Bradford watches him leave and then takes a moment to collect himself. ‘I trembled for the future. Was James the first of many? Was my practice now to become an endless succession of gay men turning up with AIDS … Was my lot going to be to provide a medical service for my patients as they gradually became weaker, and eventually died because their immune systems had shut down completely? What a grim outlook I was facing.’ (Introduction)

1 A Perfect Storm Robert Reynolds , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 389 2017; (p. 55)
'The rash of unsolved murders of gay men along the Sydney coastline during the 1980s and early 1990s has been in the news again. In 2013, Australian Story ran a feature on the quest of American Steve Johnson to have the coronial ruling of suicide overturned for his younger brother Scott, who died at North Head in 1988. Lateline followed up with a controversial interview with Detective Chief Inspector Pamela Young of the Unsolved Homicide Unit, who had been tasked to re-investigate Johnson’s death. Young was smartly removed from the investigation after intimating that Steve Johnson had exerted political pressure to have his brother’s case prioritised, a suggestion Johnson and the New South Wales Police Minister flatly rejected. Late last year, to considerable fanfare, SBS screened a four-part drama series, Deep Water: The real story, a companion documentary and online investigation into the murders of gay men around Bondi Beach and the eastern suburbs. (Addendum: on 30 January, the New York Times published an article entitled 'When gangs killed gay men for sport: Australia reviews 88 deaths'.)' (Introduction)
1 y separately published work icon Gay and Lesbian, Then and Now : Australian Stories from a Social Revolution Robert Reynolds , Shirleene Robinson , Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2016 9520372 2016 selected work interview

'This is the story of a peaceful revolution.

'Drawing on in-depth interviews, it tells the intimate life stories of thirteen gay and lesbian Australians, ranging in age from twenties to eighties.

'From the underground beats of 1950s Brisbane and illicit relationships in the armed services, to Grindr, foster parenting and weddings in the twenty-first century, Gay & Lesbian, Then & Now reveals the remarkable social shifts from one generation to the next.

'Where once gay and lesbian Australians were treated as criminals, sinners or sick, today they are increasingly accepted as equal. The majority of Australians support same-sex marriage. This rapid transformation in attitudes has opened the way for lesbians and gays to ‘become ordinary’ – to experience freedoms that were once barely imaginable.

'Gay & Lesbian, Then & Now reveals the legacies of homophobia, the personal struggles and triumphs involved in coming out, and the many different ways of being gay or lesbian in Australia – then and now. It is a moving account of a quiet revolution.' (Publication summary)

1 Doing a Melba Robert Reynolds , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 354 2013; (p. 38-39)

— Review of The End of the Homosexual? Dennis Altman , 2013 single work autobiography
1 Washington Waltz Robert Reynolds , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 294 2007; (p. 17-18)

— Review of Detainee 002 : The Case of David Hicks Leigh Sales , 2007 single work biography
1 Fatigue-Gay Robert Reynolds , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 291 2007; (p. 39)

— Review of Say It Out Loud Adam Sutton , Neil McMahon , 2007 single work autobiography
1 The Weekends Were Hell Robert Reynolds , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20-21 August 2005; (p. 18)
Robert Reynolds reviews his fifteen-year history as a client in therapeutic relationships.
1 Steaming On Robert Reynolds , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 271 2005; (p. 26)

— Review of Who Says I Can't? A Memoir Catherine DeVrye , 2005 single work autobiography
1 A Rich Smattering Robert Reynolds , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 267 2004-2005; (p. 41)

— Review of I Am What I Am : My Life and Curious Times John Marsden , 2004 single work autobiography
1 Dangerous Sorrows Robert Reynolds , 2004 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 63 no. 4 2004; (p. 146-152) The Best Australian Essays 2005 2005; (p. 208-215)
1 2 y separately published work icon Meanjin On Psychology vol. 63 no. 4 Robert Reynolds (editor), 2004 Z1160287 2004 periodical issue
1 No Time for the Blues Robert Reynolds , 2004 extract essay
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20-21 November 2004; (p. 9)
1 The Exceptional Optimist Robert Reynolds , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 256 2003; (p. 59-60)

— Review of Positive : Living with HIV/AIDS David Menadue , 2003 single work autobiography
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