About

The Newtown Review of Books was established in March 2012 by Jean Bedford and Linda Funnell as an independent site for book reviews.

Jean Bedford is a prizewinning novelist and short-story writer. She was Literary Editor of the National Times and has been a freelance and in-house publisher’s editor as well as a teacher of Creative Writing. She has been a judge for many local, state and national literary awards and prizes. She is a member of the NSW Writers’ Centre Board.

Linda Funnell has worked as a publisher, editor and literary agent. For ten years she was a publisher with HarperCollins, and had previously worked with Random House and Pan Macmillan. She is currently a freelance book editor and publishing consultant and has convened courses on digital publishing for authors, as well as teaching courses in publishing and editing. In November 2012 she became Chair of the New South Wales Writers’ Centre.

Guest contributor: Peter Corris. Creator of PI Cliff Hardy and known as ‘the Godfather of Australian crime fiction’, Peter writes ‘The Godfather’ column. He is married to Newtown Review of Books editor Jean Bedford.

The Newtown Review of Books reviews fiction, memoir, biography, history, politics and true crime. Our tastes are eclectic, and we aim to provide intelligent reviews of books people will want to read. We post new reviews twice a week.

We do not review poetry or children’s books.

We hope that if you like a review you might want to read the book. We have provided links to some of our favourite bookshops, who offer books at a discount. (We receive a small commission on sales made via our site, so if you shop via the NRB links, you are helping to support the work we do.)

But you might prefer to borrow a copy rather than buy, so we’ve also provided links to the Newtown Library.

We also hope you will comment on reviews – whether you agree or disagree. And we’d love to get your comments on the site, too. You can contact us via the link in our Contacts page.

Please note that copyright in all reviews and articles is retained by the author of the individual review or article.

If you would like to quote from something published in the Newtown Review of Books please credit the author of the review and the Newtown Review of Books. Including a link to the original article would make us even happier.

Thanks to Ellen Kronen for invaluable assistance with the design of this site.  If you would like to see all the wonderful things Ellen can do, visit her at Leumesin Design.

Because we’d like to one day pay our contributors, we have signed up to run advertisements on the NRB site to try to earn some money. If you see an ad that you think is offensive or inappropriate, please let us know at nrbooks@ymail.com

5 thoughts on “About”

  1. Much better than The Age.

  2. boomerangbooks said:

    Hi Jean and Linda,

    Congrats on the great blog. I’ve added Newtown Review of Books to the Boomerang Books Blogroll here: http://blog.boomerangbooks.com.au/ because your reviews are likely to be of interest to our own readers.

    Clayton Wehner
    Managing Director
    Boomerang Books
    Australia’s Online Bookstore
    http://www.boomerangbooks.com.au

  3. Lyndall Ryan said:

    Great review. Love Peter Corris’s column. Best wishes for 2014.

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