The Red Witch: A Biography of Katharine Susannah Prichard

Miegunyah Press, Melbourne, 2022 – Publisher’s webpage

Praise for The Red Witch

Ian McFarlane, The Canberra Times, 4 June 2022

‘Nathan Hobby’s excellent biography of a significant presence in early Australian literature… [H]is fluently accessible narrative weaves anecdotes and contemporary observations to cleverly reveal KSP’s passionately bittersweet journey, like brush strokes on a studio portrait… This beautifully crafted biography is a fitting tribute to her memory.’

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Emeritus Professor Brenda Walker, author of Reading By Moonlight

‘This biography is smooth-as-silk. What an excellent writer he is. Always provisional with information he cannot entirely verify, in command of politics and context and self-effacing. Such an important book.’

Books + Publishing

‘A revealing account of Prichard’s thrilling life and a sensitive tribute to one of literary Australia’s most curious founding figures … Anyone who still believes Australian literature only began mid-20th century with male figures such as Patrick White needs to read this informative and engrossing work.’

Lisa Hill, ANZ Litlovers

‘… for an ordinary reader, the test of any literary biography is: is it good to read even if you’re not familiar with the author who’s the subject of the bio? And, while it’s always a pleasure to see a biographer’s coverage of books we know, does the bio work just as well when discussing the ones we haven’t read? Does it inspire us to want to read more of the author’s work?

‘Nathan Hobby’s masterful biography of Katharine Susannah Prichard does all of that and more. It’s in the same league of exceptional literary biographies as Jill Roe’s bio of Miles Franklin (2008) David Marr’s of Patrick White (1991), Hazel Rowley’s of Christina Stead (1993, revised 2007), Karen Lamb’s of Thea Astley (2015) and Brenda Niall’s of The Boyds (2002). The Red Witch is a fine addition to the cultural capital of the nation…’

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Bill Holloway, Australian Women Writers

‘[A] sympathetic, comprehensive and well-documented account…’

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