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James Ley

James Ley was the inaugural editor of the Sydney Review of Books and is now its Contributing Editor. He is the author of The Critic in the Modern World: Public Criticism from Samuel Johnson to James Wood (2014).


The Australian Face

Essays from the Sydney Review of Books

Edited by Catriona Menzies-Pike, James Ley

256 pages
Paperback, 22.4 x 17 cm
Published December 2017
ISBN 9780648062103

The Australian Face collects some of the best essays published in the Sydney Review of Books on Australian fiction, poetry and non-fiction. The essays in this anthology are contributions to the ongoing argument about the condition and purpose and evolving shape of Australian literature. They reflect the ways in which discussions about the state of the literary culture are constantly reaching beyond themselves to consider wider cultural and political issues.