The Beautiful, Unknowable North

First published in The Adelaide Review January 2010 Nicolas Rothwell’s writings exploring northern Australia – Wings of the Kite-Hawk, Another Country and The Red Highway – place him, thematically and stylistically, in a unique position amongst Australian writers. Now...

Travels in the Northern Realm

By Nicolas Rothwell. First published in The Monthly July 2008 I would like to spread before you a world of rhythm and light; a world of beauty and fear; of rushing water and slow-burning dry-season fires: it is a realm where lightning strikes for nights on end, where...

Into the Shadowed Heart

A review by Pico Iyer of “The Red Highway” published in The Monthly, August 2009 The Red Highway (Black Inc., 288pp; $32.95) begins with a spare, haunting account of the Czech artist Karel Kupka clambering out of a plane and (as the book’s first sentence...