It really hurts me to think I’ll never read anything else written by Hilary Mantell.Of course, her most famous wolf hall With her trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, she set a new high bar for historical fiction. She seemed to have stepped into the skin of a cunning, sad and charming politician.
However, Mantell was also the author of highly eclectic novels and short stories.I will never forget her wonderfully saucy story. Assassination of Margaret ThatcherAnd she was an inspiration to late bloomers and those who had to endure chronic pain.
The mantel receives articles new york times Among 44 other notable authors who died in 2022. Too many to mention here, but there are two very different authors of hers that I miss in particular. heart so white Totally fascinated me. And the master of horror, Peter Straub. ghost story Even reading in the sun by the pool, I kept shivering with fear.
I was never a fan of his politics, but PJ O’Rourke made me laugh. Barbara Ehrenreich inspired me with her story of low-wage workers in the United States. Also, historian David McCullough and blockbuster author Nicholas Evans (horse whisper) and Jack Higgins (the eagle soared).
Australia’s biggest loss (if you don’t count the famous Archie Roach outside of writing) is arguably Frank Moorhouse, who died at the age of 83. A young man from Ozlit who rocks us with his outrageous (for the time being) short stories.
He was best known for the Edith Campbell-Berry trilogy about a young woman who worked as a diplomat for the League of Nations. Moorhouse never made it past the first volume. grand dayswas disqualified from the Miles Franklin Award for being deemed inadequately Australian. dark palacewhich won the award in 2001.
David Ireland, who died at the age of 92, may not be as memorable as he should be. His novels have won numerous awards, including the Franklin Award for his Miles in the 1970s, which he won three times. He continued to write at an alarming rate, but little is known of his later work. Academic Ken Gelder says Ireland does not fit into Australian literature as it is understood. woman of the futurehow ahead of his time he was.
We have lost four prominent poets: Antigone Kephala, Evan Jones, Geordie Albiston and Robert Adamson. Born in Romania to Greek parents, Kefala was one of the first authors to document his refugee experiences in Australia in poetry, essays and diaries. Jones was a respected elder of the Melbourne poetry scene. Albiston’s broad inspirations for her poetry included mathematics, music and The Last Woman Hanged in Victoria. Adamson was the poet of Hawkesbury and its creatures.