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John Rickard John Rickard i(A25442 works by) (a.k.a. John David Rickard)
Born: Established: 1935 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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1 Will of Iron John Rickard , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 419 2020; (p. 51)

— Review of Judith Anderson : Australian Star, First Lady of the American Stage Desley Deacon , 2019 single work biography
'In the past we have tended either to ignore or to marginalise cultural ‘expatriates’. In today’s cosmopolitan culture, we are more used to varied career paths, but it is still possible for someone who has made most of their career abroad to be overlooked. Judith Anderson is a case in point. Born in Adelaide in 1897, Francee Anderson (her first stage name) made her professional stage début in 1915 in Sydney, but from 1918 she was, virtually for the rest of her life, based in the United States. Desley Deacon’s substantial, superbly illustrated biography rescues Anderson from obscurity and reveals the full extent of her remarkable career on stage, in film, and on television.' (Introduction)
1 The Forgotten Leader : Rediscovering Alfred Deakin John Rickard , 2017 single work
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 394 2017; (p. 8-9)

'There has been an argument going on in the Liberal Party about the nature of the Menzies heritage – was Robert Menzies, the founder of the modern party, a liberal or a conservative? Notably absent from this discussion has been the national figure who was the first leader of a united anti-Labor party and who also happens to have been a father of Federation, Alfred Deakin. If our politicians still read books – and sometimes one does wonder – Judith Brett’s new biography, The Enigmatic Mr Deakin, should be required reading. As Brett has pointed out, the minority governments of the Federation’s first decade were extraordinarily productive in laying the legislative foundations of the new Commonwealth, in stark contrast to the parliamentary paralysis of recent years.' (Introduction)

1 Lost Relations: Fortunes of My Family in Australia’s Golden Age : Review John Rickard , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Historical Studies , vol. 47 no. 2 2016; (p. 331-332)

— Review of Lost Relations : Fortunes of My Family in Australia's Golden Age Graeme Davison , 2015 single work biography
'Graeme Davison is the latest, and perhaps most distinguished, convert to the cause of family history. Davison admits that he had always deliberately avoided family history, but encouraged (appropriately!) by his family, and conceding that its appeal strengthens ‘as our past grows longer and our future shrinks’, he has finally succumbed (237). It might have seemed a challenging prospect, given a lack of letters and diaries and very little memorabilia, but there was one tantalising piece of oral tradition. Davison’s mother had told him that their ancestor, Jane Hewett, a widow, and her eight children, arriving in Port Phillip in July 1850, had climbed down the ship’s ladder and, landing at Sandridge, walked the three miles across the swamp to the city. What had been the cause of this rough introduction to what was still the Port Phillip District? ...'
1 On John Foster John Rickard , 2016 extract essay (Afterword)
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 381 2016; (p. 47-48)
1 Afterword John Rickard , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Take Me to Paris, Johnny 2016;
1 Hector and Homicide : Portrait of the Father of Australian Television John Rickard , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , January-February no. 378 2016; (p. 51-52)

— Review of Hector Rozzi Bazzani , 2015 single work biography
1 Arts Highlights of the Year Robyn Archer , Ben Brooker , Tim Byrne , Lee Christofis , Alison Croggon , Brett Dean , Ian Dickson , Julie Ewington , Morag Fraser , Andrew Fuhrmann , Colin Golvan , Fiona Gruber , Patrick McCaughey , Brian McFarlane , Primrose Potter , John Rickard , Peter Rose , Dina Ross , Michael Shmith , Doug Wallen , Terri-Ann White , Kim Williams , Jake Wilson , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 376 2015; (p. 36-42)
'To highlight Australian Book Review's arts coverage and to celebrate some of the year's memorable concerts, operas, films, ballets, plays, and exhibitions, we invited a group of critics and arts professionals to nominate their favourites – and to nominate one production they are looking forward to in 2016. (We indicate which works were reviewed in Arts Update.)' (36)
1 2 y separately published work icon An Imperial Affair John Rickard , Clayton : Monash University Publishing , 2013 12037722 2013 single work biography autobiography

'Written by award-winning author John Rickard, An Imperial Affair takes us into the marriage of an Australian couple during a time when private lives were properly private, and when divorce was a scandal. The book shines a light on the family values and sexual dynamics of this period, conditioned as they were by the imperial relationship and cultural dependence on 'the mother country,' which inevitably helped shape hopes, fear, and desires. This is also a beautifully told story of the author's sensitive and courageous quest to understand his parents Philip and Pearl, and the world he came from and grew up in, its fragile reality filtered through the prism of memory. Part biography, part autobiography, part social history, An Imperial Affair is also a complex, quintessentially Australian meditation on the nature of love.' (Publication summary)

1 Trio of Sorts John Rickard , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 340 2012; (p. 59-60)

— Review of Race and the Modern Exotic : Three 'Australian' Women on Global Display Angela Woollacott , 2011 single work criticism
1 'This Harsh, Cawing, Strongly Felt Play' John Rickard , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 339 2012; (p. 21-22)

— Review of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Ray Lawler , 1955 single work drama
John Rickard places Ray Lawler's Summer of the Seventeenth Doll in its historical context and specifically reviews Neil Armfield and Belvoir Theatre's 2011-2012 revival.
1 Books of the Year Patrick Allington , Judith Beveridge , Carmel Bird , Geoffrey Blainey , Alison Broinowski , Sophie Cunningham , Ian Donaldson , Gillian Dooley , Andrea Goldsmith , Kerryn Goldsworthy , Rodney Hall , Paul Hetherington , Gail Jones , Jacqueline Kent , John Kinsella , James Ley , Patrick McCaughey , Brian McFarlane , Michael Morley , Brenda Niall , John Rickard , John Tranter , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December 2011-January 2012 no. 337 2011; (p. 27-31)
Australian writers and reviewers each nominate their best books of 2011. Some of the books listed are by Australian writers.
1 'A More Personal Voice' John Rickard , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 330 2011; (p. 31-32)

— Review of Not Dark Yet : A Personal History David Robert Walker , 2011 single work autobiography
1 The Tyranny of Text? John Rickard , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December 2010 - January 2011 no. 327 2010; (p. 53-54)
1 Methodist Moderniser John Rickard , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 324 2010; (p. 63-64)

— Review of The Master : The Life and Work of Edward H. Sugden 2009 anthology biography
1 Always Her Father's Daughter John Rickard , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February no. 308 2009; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Nobody's Valentine : Letters in the Life of Valentine Alexa Leeper, 1900-2001 Valentine Alexa Leeper , Marion Poynter , 2008 selected work correspondence
1 Pantomime John Rickard , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fifty Books for Fifty Years : Celebrating Half a Century of Collecting 2008; (p. 11)
1 Her Majesty's Grand Eccentric John Rickard , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 300 2008; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Malcolm Williamson : A Mischievous Muse Anthony Meredith , Paul Harris , 2007 single work biography
1 National Obesssion John Rickard , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 296 2007; (p. 13-14)

— Review of The Australians : Insiders and Outsiders on the National Character Since 1770 2007 anthology criticism extract
1 Sentimental Blokes John Rickard , 2007 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , April vol. 66 no. 1 2007; (p. 38-46)
'Explores the homoerotic elements of mateship in Australia.' (Meanjin)
1 Scholar and Patriot John Rickard , 2006-2007 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 287 2006-2007; (p. 22-24)

— Review of The Patrician and the Bloke : Geoffrey Serle and the Making of Australian History John Thompson , 2006 single work biography
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