The Mind’s Own Place

TMOP front cover copyMarina Maxwell’s laudatory review of The Mind’s Own Place in the international Historical Novel Review (where it was designated the “Editor’s Choice”) can be read here.

Peter Pierce’s article in The Weekend Australian, “Ordinary people come alive in rich evocation of the Victorian past,” can be read here.

Brenda Walker’s speech in launching the novel is now published in the Rochford Street Review: click here.

For Meri Fatin’s “Cover to Cover” interview with me for Westlink TV, click here.

For Will Yeoman’s interview-based article in The West Australian, click here.

You can also read an excerpt from the novel here and order it here.

For some remarks about its cover, click here.

And a few snippets from reviews:

  • “…the author’s prose is always vivid and evocative, almost poetic. The dialogue, moral dilemmas and contradictions are all handled with equally exquisite expression. It’s been a long time since I came to the end of a novel and immediately wanted to read it again to uncover more of its nuances. Ian Reid is a revelation, and he deserves the widest recognition as a remarkable ambassador for Australian historical fiction.” – Historical Novel Review
  • “…brimming with character, with the intelligent and sometimes sombre demonstration of contradictions in fate, in history and in the way lives might be lived.” – Rochford Street Review
  • The Mind’s Own Place reveals the inner lives and outer worlds of five compelling characters whose fates are intertwined… Reid’s vivid writing and attention to historical detail result in settings and characters that make for an enthralling and immersive reading experience.” – Writing WA
  • “Ian [Reid] cannily weaves fact with fiction to craft a captivating tale about colonial WA … incorporates a strong sense of place.” – The Post
  • “Once more Ian Reid has written a novel that deserves a place on the bestseller list… he creates a compelling portrait of Perth’s beginnings… What I admire about Ian Reid’s manner of writing is his ability to capture the machinations of the mind and the upheaval that is sometimes within the mind’s own place… I enjoyed this novel very much and eagerly await the next.” – Have a Go
  • “…an assured work of historical reconstruction and imagination.” – The Australian

2 thoughts on “The Mind’s Own Place

  1. Hi, (Drafting, Editing and Revising Towards Publication with Ian Reid) at PCWC is coming up. Not sure if I should go. I have a slight problem. I’m a member at PCWC. If you look at my facebook page you might understand. I’ve written too much – and i’m stuck in a never ending cycle. positive/ negative – i’ve heard plenty. I think this correspondence might work. cheers

  2. Hi Andrew
    I hope to see you at the workshop. Then we can try to get beyond that negative/positive oscillation and develop the potential of your work. Best wishes!

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