Essays

'How To Knit A Human by Anna Jacobson - review', Guardian Australia, 5 April 2024.

'A Decade of Complaints', Australian Literary Studies, October 2023 – on public and private modes of complaint about literary value.

The Measure of Things’, Australian Book Review, October 2023 – on Question 7, by Richard Flanagan.

As Pluck Would Have It’, Sydney Review of Books, October 2023 – on the fiction of Pip Williams.


Fool’s Gold’, Public Books, May 2023 – on the excesses of blurb culture.


Only Feelings’, Sydney Review of Books, December 2022 – on The Most Important Job in the World, by Gina Rushton.


Critic Swallows Book’, Sydney Review of Books, May 2022 – on the fiction of Trent Dalton.


Pick Your Own Misadventure,’ Sydney Review of Books, March 2017 – on Avalanche: A Love Story, by Julia Leigh.


A Fluctuating Charm,’ Sydney Review of Books, July 2017 – on An Uncertain Grace, by Kris Kneen.


Race Plans’, Griffith Review, August 2016 – on motherhood and running.


Writing, Editing: an interview with Ellen van Neerven’, Sydney Review of Books, October 2015.


How Should A Feminist Critic Be?Kill Your Darlings, January 2015 – on Roxane Gay. 


The Life of Houses’, Australian Book Review, July 2015 – on Lisa Gorton.


Channelling the Emotion of the Moment’, Los Angeles Review of Books, November 2014 – on Julia Gillard's memoir.