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Issue Details: First known date: 1988... 1988 The Reading Group
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  • 'Publication of The Reading Group led to a libel action by Senator Terry Aulich in 1989, subsequently settled out of court, and the pulping of 1,000 unsold copies, events which aroused debate and some strong protests from the literary community; the novel was reissued several months afterwards.' Source: The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (1994).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Pan , 1988 .
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      Extent: 269p.
      Reprinted: 1990
      ISBN: 0330271105

Works about this Work

The Silver Age of Fiction Peter Pierce , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 70 no. 4 2011; (p. 110-115)

‘In human reckoning, Golden Ages are always already in the past. The Greek poet Hesiod, in Works and Days, posited Five Ages of Mankind: Golden, Silver, Bronze, Heroic and Iron (Ovid made do with four). Writing in the Romantic period, Thomas Love Peacock (author of such now almost forgotten novels as Nightmare Abbey, 1818) defined The Four Ages of Poetry (1820) in which their order was Iron, Gold, Silver and Bronze. To the Golden Age, in their archaic greatness, belonged Homer and Aeschylus. The Silver Age, following it, was less original, but nevertheless 'the age of civilised life'. The main issue of Peacock's thesis was the famous response that he elicited from his friend Shelley - Defence of Poetry (1821).’ (Publication abstract)

'There's No Guarantee That the Future Will Be Worth It' : Government and Class in Amanda Lohrey's The Reading Group Kalinda Ashton , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 33 no. 1 2007; (p. 154-170)
Pulp Facts 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , April vol. 37 no. 1 2005; (p. 4-5)
Reports on books (most of them non-fiction) that have been pulped in recent years after legal complaints.
Pulped Fiction, It's a Fact Simon Caterson , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 3 April 2005; (p. 32)
Free Speech Committee Responds Tony Katsigiannis , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Newswrite : The Newsletter of the New South Wales Writers' Centre , February no. 35 1995; (p. 5,17)
Great Australian Fictions Revisited Bill Tully , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Blast , Winter no. 6/7 1988; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Matilda at the Speed of Light : An Anthology of Australian Science Fiction 1988 anthology short story criticism ; The Reading Group Amanda Lohrey , 1988 single work novel
Only One Way to Write? Anne Richter , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Fine Line , October no. 4 1988; (p. 88-92)

— Review of Remembrance Faith Richmond , 1988 single work novel ; Ride a Cock Horse Gillian Mears , 1988 selected work short story ; Between the Flags and Other Stories Jane Hyde , 1988 selected work short story ; The Reading Group Amanda Lohrey , 1988 single work novel
Volcanic Emotional Ground Stephanie Dowrick , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Vogue Australia , July 1988; (p. 80)

— Review of Remembrance Faith Richmond , 1988 single work novel ; The Sugar Mother Elizabeth Jolley , 1988 single work novel ; The Reading Group Amanda Lohrey , 1988 single work novel
Art which Imitates the Life it Condemns Katharine England , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 4 June 1988; (p. 8)

— Review of The Reading Group Amanda Lohrey , 1988 single work novel
Fiction or Fact P. R. Hay , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Island Magazine , Summer no. 37 1988; (p. 69-71)

— Review of The Reading Group Amanda Lohrey , 1988 single work novel
Pulped Fiction, It's a Fact Simon Caterson , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 3 April 2005; (p. 32)
Pulp Facts 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , April vol. 37 no. 1 2005; (p. 4-5)
Reports on books (most of them non-fiction) that have been pulped in recent years after legal complaints.
'There's No Guarantee That the Future Will Be Worth It' : Government and Class in Amanda Lohrey's The Reading Group Kalinda Ashton , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 33 no. 1 2007; (p. 154-170)
The Silver Age of Fiction Peter Pierce , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 70 no. 4 2011; (p. 110-115)

‘In human reckoning, Golden Ages are always already in the past. The Greek poet Hesiod, in Works and Days, posited Five Ages of Mankind: Golden, Silver, Bronze, Heroic and Iron (Ovid made do with four). Writing in the Romantic period, Thomas Love Peacock (author of such now almost forgotten novels as Nightmare Abbey, 1818) defined The Four Ages of Poetry (1820) in which their order was Iron, Gold, Silver and Bronze. To the Golden Age, in their archaic greatness, belonged Homer and Aeschylus. The Silver Age, following it, was less original, but nevertheless 'the age of civilised life'. The main issue of Peacock's thesis was the famous response that he elicited from his friend Shelley - Defence of Poetry (1821).’ (Publication abstract)

Foreword : Word Fest or Housing Summit Elizabeth Swanson , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 18-19 March 1989; (p. 7)
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