2015 – the women’s pages – debra adelaide

The Women's Pages Debra Adelaide

Taking on a literary classic is by no means easy, but Adelaide emerges triumphant. Her novel-within-a-novel is a poignant, richly feminist tribute to Wuthering Heights that deserves a place beside it on the shelf.

When Jean and Linda from Newtown Review of Books offered me the chance to review Debra Adelaide’s The Women’s Pages, I was delighted. Not only because I was enchanted by the idea of this book, but also because it gave me the perfect excuse to do something I’d been daydreaming about for a long time – reread Wuthering Heights.

I genuinely adored The Women’s Pages and was absolutely thrilled to see it longlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize. Here’s a link to my review – and, as always, my eternal thanks to Jean and Linda for their editorial genius.

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It’s been a while between blog posts. There’s so much to write, so much to read…but where to begin? And where to end? The other day, I reread ABR’s November edition, in which Kerryn Goldsworthy, named Critic of the Month, writes about the qualities of a fine critic

Clarity, of vision and style. Fearlessness, which is not the same thing as aggression, vanity, or bumptiousness. A sense of humour, including about oneself. The refusal to get into a rut, and indeed the ability to recognise and avoid a rut.

I’m still working on all of these things. That last one in particular.

So, yes. Although I’ve said it before – more soon.

Michelle

Reader, writer, wannabe. Literary critic (with training wheels on). Blogging my way through the 20th century's classic novels in chronological order.

2 thoughts on “2015 – the women’s pages – debra adelaide

  1. I’m on a self-imposed book buying ban this year but have granted myself an exception – whatever makes the Stella shortlist that I haven’t already read, I can buy. And I really want to read The Women’s Pages so I’m crossing my fingers that it progresses to the next round!

    1. Ooh, book buying bans are The Worst. I’m on a reduced budget, so I’m spending a lot of time at the library. Fingers crossed for The Women’s Pages, so you can buy a copy!

      Believe it or not, I haven’t read The Natural Way of Things yet. What am I thinking? I’ll have to read it very soon.

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