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Author Archives: Dorothy Johnston


Extract: Dorothy Johnston’s The Fourth Season

The Fourth Season is the fourth book in KYD contributor Dorothy Johnston’s Sandra Mahoney mystery quartet. It deals with the topical issue of who is going to win the battle for control over the seas surrounding Australia. The quartet has just been released as an ebook series … Read more »

The 2013 Man Booker Shortlist: Colm Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary

The Man Booker Prize, launched in 1969, aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the year’s best novel written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. Dorothy Johnston delves into one of the shortlisted works of 2013–Colm Tóibín’s … Read more »

Literary fashions: on writing historical fiction

In her excellent collection of essays, On Histories And Stories, AS Byatt quotes an interview with various British novelists about why they were writing historical novels. According to Byatt, the interviewer, journalist Chris Peachment, expected ‘some answer about paradigms of contemporary reality, and got the same answer … Read more »