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ItemLooking Back in Anger: The Transformations of Childhood Memories in V.S. Naipaul's 'A House for Mr Biswas' and Jamaica Kincaid's 'Annie John'(Prestige Books, 2000) Dooley, Gillian MaryA comparison of the novels 'Annie John' by Jamaica Kincaid, set in Antigua, and 'A House for Mr Biswas' by V.S. Naipaul, set in Trinidad. Both novels build upon angry memories of childhood in a West Indian setting. ItemAttitudes to Political Commitment in Three Indian Novels: Raja Rao's 'Kanthapura', Khushwant Singh's 'Train to Pakistan' and Nayantara Sahgal's 'Rich Like Us'(Prestige Books, 2001) Dooley, Gillian MaryAn examination of attitudes to political commitment portrayed by three Indian novels written in English, Raja Rao's 'Kanthapura', Khushwant Singh's 'Train to Pakistan' and Nayantara Sahgal's 'Rich Like Us'. ItemPatterns of Communication in Roger Mais' 'Brother Man'(Prestige Books, 2001) Dooley, Gillian MaryAn analysis of patterns of communication in the Jamaican novel 'Brother Man' by Roger Mais. Item"The Sweetest Dream" by Doris Lessing. [review - radio script](2001-10-27) Dooley, Gillian MaryDoris Lessing turned 82 this year, but she shows no sign of mellowing or tiring. Her output continues to be prodigious, even for a writer half her age. Since 1994 she has published no fewer than 6 new books – 2 volumes of autobiography and 4 novels, and her range of styles is as various as it ever was. The most recent novels have included a futurist fable (Mara and Dann), a smaller-scale but not short realist novel (Love, Again), a picaresque sequel to "The Fifth Child", her modern-day morality tale (Ben in the World), and, most recently, a huge baggy family saga, "The Sweetest Dream". ItemV.S. Naipaul wins the Nobel. [review - radio script](2001-12-01) Dooley, Gillian MaryV.S. Naipaul wins the Nobel Prize for Literature after many years on the short list. Item"Half a Life" by V.S. Naipaul. [review - radio script](2001-12-01) Dooley, Gillian MaryAt the beginning of "Half a Life", Willie Chandran asks his father why his middle name is Somerset. His father replies, ‘without joy, “You were named after a great English writer.”’ This phrase, ‘without joy’, could equally refer to the whole novel. It begins with an account of the dreary life of Willie’s father, a high-caste Indian sadhu married to a low-caste woman he despises, and continues with Willie’s own story as a foreign student in London and then husband of a ‘half-and-half’ Portuguese-African on her East African estate. Item"Raven Road" by Cassandra Pybus. [review - radio script](2001-12-03) Dooley, Gillian Mary"Raven Road" is about Lillian Alling, a Polish or Russian immigrant to North America during the 1920s. She appeared in the remote, rugged terrain of British Columbia in September 1927, and although her English was bad, she was understood to say that she was walking to Siberia. Pybus first came across Lillian’s story when browsing in a bookshop on an earlier visit to Canada and subsequently sought out other accounts of Lillian’s trek. "Raven Road" is the record ofher slow, frustrating and ultimately inconclusive search for information about Lillian’s fate, and the real reason for her foolhardy, super-human undertaking – walking through unforgiving country which had defeated countless others. ItemThe Uses of Adversity: Matthew Flinders' Mauritius Writings(Wakefield Press, 2002) Dooley, Gillian MaryA discussion of Matthew Flinders' 'Biographical Tribute to the Memory of Trim' and of an extended journal entry, both written while he was detained on Mauritius. Item"Even As We Speak" by Clive James. [review - radio script](2002-05-11) Dooley, Gillian Mary"Even As We Speak" is Clive James’s sixth collection of essays, and covers the broad range of cultural, historical and literary criticism we have come to expect. Reading James’s essays is rather like conversing with an old friend. Often what he says is riveting and eloquent, at other times it’s a bit tedious or facetious, and sometimes you wish he’d stop carrying on about a particular obsession you don’t share. But overall, it’s worth while spending time with him, and interesting to hear his views on almost anything. Item"Call Waiting" by Dianne Blacklock. [review - radio script](2002-05-20) Dooley, Gillian Mary"Call Waiting" is not a novel for those who are looking for surprises, or who dislike happy endings. It is an unashamed romance, with an orphaned heroine, bodice-ripping love scenes, and a healthy dose of contempt for city living and a prejudice in favour of the rural life – not the outback, just the safe area around Bowral, not too far from Sydney and shopping. Item"Feeling the Heat" by Pat Lowe. [review - radio script](2002-05-27) Dooley, Gillian Mary"Feeling the Heat" is packaged as ‘Young Adult Fiction’ – for children 14 plus. It would be a pity if this put older adults off, though, since it is a sensitively written book dealing with subjects all Australians might find compelling – issues of race and belonging and growing up in Australian society. Item"Rose Boys" by Peter Rose. [review - radio script](2002-05-27) Dooley, Gillian MaryPeter Rose, poet, publisher, and the editor of "Australian Book Review", has written a family biography about his older brother Robert whose career as one of Australia’s foremost sportsmen was brutally cut short in 1974, at the age of 22, when a car accident left him a quadriplegic. Item"Yesterday’s Dust" by Joy Dettman. [review - radio script](2002-06-29) Dooley, Gillian Mary"Yesterday’s Dust" is Joy Dettman’s fourth novel, and is a sequel to her first, "Mallawindy". It continues the family saga of the Burtons, a melodrama of violence, sex and secrets set in country New South Wales. Item"Seducing Mr Maclean" by Loubna Haikal. [review - radio script](2002-07-08) Dooley, Gillian MaryLoubna Haikal, in her first novel, "Seducing Mr Maclean", writes about the age-old problems of adjustment and culture clash which face the children of migrant families. The narrator – never named – is a young Lebanese medical student, a refugee, with her parents and seven brothers and sisters, from the Lebanese wars of the late 20th century. The second daughter of the family, she gets into Melbourne University medical school on the strength of high marks in French (a result of her bilingual Beirut education), and the appreciation of her personal charms by the Dean, who thereafter monitors her progress with an inordinate amount of personal attention. This is Professor Maclean, the Mr Maclean of the title. The narrator is naïve in many ways, desperately trying to make sense of the strange language and customs of her new Australian friends, and incidentally giving a fresh and sometimes disturbing perspective on our own culture and its idiosyncrasies. Item"Llama for Lunch" by Lydia Laube. [review - radio script](2002-07-08) Dooley, Gillian Mary"It was a pigpen of a place but the people were friendly." This is Lydia Laube’s description of a Bolivian eating place in her new book Llama for Lunch, but it could stand for her attitude to the whole of South America. She occasionally describes an attractive or striking landscape, but her main focus is on herself as a traveller on this continent which she finds so dirty, backward and personally challenging.