- Where I fell to Earth: A Life in Four Places by Peter Conrad
Chatto, 252 pp, £16.00, February 1990, ISBN 0 7011 3490 9
- May Week was in June by Clive James
Cape, 249 pp, £12.95, June 1990, ISBN 0 224 02787 5
The qualities these Australian writers have in common, apart from their nationality, are exotic industry, autobiographical fluency and, to adapt what somebody once said about Ford Madox Ford, a desire to write well so strong that it shows.