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Patrick Allington Patrick Allington i(A33829 works by)
Born: Established: South Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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1 Well Read Patrick Allington , single work review
1 On Necessary Disjointedness : The Pol Pot Period in Alice Pung’s Memoirs Patrick Allington , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Life Writing , vol. 14 no. 4 2017; (p. 465-474)

'This paper analyses the memoirs of Australian writer Alice Pung in the contexts of her suburban Melbourne upbringing, her parents’ status as refugees, and Cambodia’s Pol Pot period. The author discusses the changed way Pung deals with the Pol Pot period from Unpolished Gem (2006) to Her Father’s Daughter (2011), and in particular the necessary disjointedness that is a consequence of the latter memoir’s more direct and deep focus on Pung’s father’s experiences during the Pol Pot period. The author concludes by locating Pung’s works, particularly Her Father’s Daughter, among various other memoirs of the Pol Pot period, including poet U Sam Oeur’s memoir, Crossing Three Wildernesses (2005). Placed among other memoirs of survival and loss, the author suggests, Pung brings a distinctive perspective as the child of a survivor of the Pol Pot period.'  (Publication abstract)

1 Emily and Tom Patrick Allington , 2017 single work essay review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 394 2017; (p. 16-17)

'In his fiction, Steven Carroll stretches and slows time. He combines this with deliberate over-explaining and repetition, the echoing of memories and ideas, coincidence, and theatricality. A distinctive rhythm results: when reading his work, I often find myself nodding in time to the words. Occasionally – and it happens now and again in his new novel, A New England Affair – the prose starts to resemble a pizza with too many toppings. Mostly, though, Carroll’s approach to fiction succeeds even when it seemingly shouldn’t. If it’s a mystery – a minor miracle, even – that the various techniques he employs come together to create stylised and yet fresh prose, then that mystery itself becomes part of the pleasure of reading a Carroll novel.' (Introduction)

1 Bob Dylan’s Last Interview Patrick Allington , 2017 single work short story
— Appears in: Review of Australian Fiction , vol. 23 no. 3 2017;
1 ‘No Award’: The Miles Franklin in 1973 Patrick Allington , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , August 2017;

1974 – Ronald McKie The Mango Tree

1973 – No award

1972 – Thea Astley The Acolyte

'When adjudicating on novels published in 1973 — the year Gough Whitlam’s Labor government bought Jackson Pollock’s ‘Blue Poles’, the year the delightfully awful Alvin Purple was released, and the year Patrick White won the Nobel Prize for Literature — the judges of the Miles Franklin Literary Award decided not to name a winner. Their statement read:

''This is the first time since the Award was established in 1957 that the judges have failed to find an Australian novel of sufficient merit among the entries to warrant the prize. … One of the Judges, Professor Colin Roderick … said it was regrettable that more eligible published novels were not entered for such a substantial Award ($1,250).''


1 Provocatively Calm : On David Malouf as Essayist Patrick Allington , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , no. 39 2017;
''This article examines the essays of David Malouf, many of which have been recently collected in three thematic volumes: A First Place (2014a), The Writing Life (2014b) and Being There (2015). My starting point is to argue that Malouf’s most important essays are politically charged. As a writer-activist he posits distinctive, sometimes controversial, positions, arguing strongly and passionately for alternative ways of thinking about Australia and the world, and indeed alternative ways for human beings to move through, and participate in, the world. However, Malouf is no firebrand: the tone of his essays is relentlessly calm; he brings together the emphatic and the empathetic, and he still tries to convince the reader. This article focuses on the political implications of Malouf’s calm but opinionated approach to his essays, as well as on how Malouf sets out to persuade readers. (Introduction)
1 God Bless the Footy : Dissent and Distractions Patrick Allington , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Griffith Review , no. 55 2017; (p. 173-181)

'When it came to colourful and controversial views, the long-time mayor of Port Augusta, Joy Baluch, set elite standards: 'I hate sport,' she said in 2008:

I've never had time for it, been too busy looking after a family, you know, surviving. It's a waste of time. I hate football and tennis and golf...and if ever the Asians are going to come in it's going to be on grand final day... And they'll just take over peacefully. ' (Publication abstract)

1 Why the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Need an Urgent Overhaul Patrick Allington , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 22 June 2016;
'Odd rules can help shape a writing prize’s long-term character in wonderful ways. But that’s not the case with the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, set up by the Rudd government and first awarded in 2008. (In 2012, they also took in the PM’s Prize for Australian History, which John Howard had begun.) ...'
1 Scoring Patrick Allington , 2016 single work
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 382 2016; (p. 60)

— Review of From the Outer : Footy Like You've Never Heard It 2016 anthology autobiography prose
1 Ishtar and Silver Patrick Allington , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , January-February no. 378 2016; (p. 27)

— Review of Hope Farm Peggy Frew , 2015 single work novel
1 A Defence of Tempered Praise and Tempered Criticism in Book Reviewing Patrick Allington , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , November no. 60 2016;

'The academic, critic and nun Veronica Brady once wrote that Thomas Keneally ‘has always been a writer who mattered, even when he is writing too much too quickly’ (74). For several reasons, I often ponder this brilliant line. First, it captures a fundamental truth—perhaps the fundamental truth—about Keneally’s oeuvre. Indeed, it is an even more accurate appraisal of Keneally’s legacy in 2016, taking into consideration his more than fifty published books, than it was when it appeared in the literary magazine Meanjin in 1979. Second, the brevity of Brady’s observation is admirable: she uses so few words to say so much so well. Third, Brady here offers a mixed critical response: she is at once positive and negative about Keneally, with the two responses commingling rather than competing; her tone is moderate.' (Introduction)

1 Introduction : Book Reviewing in Australia Patrick Allington , Melinda Harvey , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , November no. 60 2016;

'This special section on book reviewing in Australia emerges from the symposium Critical Matters: Book Reviewing Now, held at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on 9 April 2015 and hosted by Monash University’s Centre for the Book. This symposium, the first of its kind ever to take place in Australia, brought together over thirty reviewers, academics, writers, literary editors and publishers to debate a series of ‘provocations’ on topics such as the necessity of negative reviews, the problem with pitching, the anachronistic nature of critical jargon, the pros and cons of ‘clubbishness’, and the advent of online reviewing sites. Like the symposium, this special section consciously refuses two premises: namely that, before we even start to talk about book reviewing itself, we have to defend its right to exist or that it is in a state of crisis. Instead, this special section understands book reviewing to be a dynamic field that has influence beyond itself, and that can and should be treated to sustained attention by academics.' (Introduction)

1 This Old Man and That Old Woman Patrick Allington , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 384 2016; (p. 65)

— Review of A Long Time Coming : Essays on Old Age Melanie Joosten , 2016 selected work essay
'Melanie Joosten begins the introduction to A Long Time Coming, her book of essays about ageing, by quoting Simone de Beauvoir: 'let us recognise ourselves in this old man or in that old woman'. In doing so, Joosten makes a plea for heightened empathy towards older people, but she goes on to make it clear that empathy without action – without changed perceptions, changed behaviour – is insufficient. As such, A Long Time Coming is a challenging as well as eminently readable book.' (Introduction)
1 Rhetoric The Speeches We Had to Have Patrick Allington , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: Seizure [Online] , July 2015;
1 Book Reviewing and Its Provocateurs Patrick Allington , Miriam Cosic , James Bradley , Peter Craven , Gillian Dooley , Kerryn Goldsworthy , Morag Fraser , Lisa Gorton , Melinda Harvey , James Ley , Felicity Plunkett , Peter Rose , Luke Slattery , Geordie Williamson , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 371 2015; (p. 16-19)
'Last month in Melbourne, a group of book reviewers and literary editors took part in a conference organised by Monash University’s Centre for the Book. There were more than thirty short papers, or ‘provocations’, as they were styled. Our Editor lamented the low or non-payment of some reviewers (especially younger ones) and announced a major new campaign to further increase payments to ABR contributors. Much good came from Critical Matters: Book Reviewing Now. Book reviewers are a non-organised, often isolated class: Critical Matters pointed the way to a more united cohort. Hearteningly, the mood was invigorating – not rueful or defensive. To complement this symposium, we invited a number of the participants, and others, to respond to this question: ‘What single development would most improve the Australian critical culture?’'
1 The Vast Museum : A Fine Collection of David Malouf's Criticisms Patrick Allington , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 369 2015; (p. 28-29)

— Review of The Writing Life David Malouf , 2014 selected work criticism
1 Patrick Allington in Conversation with Peter Carey Patrick Allington , 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings , January no. 20 2015; (p. 139-160)
1 Twenty-First-Century Blues : A Distinctly New Moment in Peter Carey's Career Patrick Allington , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 365 2014; (p. 29-30)

— Review of Amnesia Peter Carey , 2014 single work novel
1 Well Read Patrick Allington , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 27 April 2013; (p. 26)

— Review of Harmless Julienne Van Loon , 2013 single work novel ; Into My Arms Kylie Ladd , 2013 single work novel
1 [Untitled] Patrick Allington , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 30 March 2013; (p. 26)

— Review of Run Tim Sinclair , 2013 single work novel