Co-founders and editors: Jean Bedford and Linda Funnell
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 currently does freelance editing and manuscript consultancy.
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 – with special emphasis on crime fiction – memoir, biography, politics and true crime.
We aim to post new reviews regularly and create a searchable archive of all reviews.
We hope that if you like a review you might want to read the book. Newtown has lots of bookshops but we’ve provided links for some of our books to the Better Read Than Dead bookshop on King Street. We’ve gone with Better Read Than Dead because when they opened 18 years ago Linda won a prize in their raffle. And Jean spends far too much money in there every week. If you do buy something via our links to BRTD, you’ll get 10% off the RRP. You might also like to check out their Club Read program.
But you might prefer to borrow a copy rather than buy, so we’ve also provided links to the Newtown Library.
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