Jan Allerton has worked in many jobs, from clerk and typist to teacher, clinical psychologist and counsellor. These jobs have provided excellent training for writing about people. An even better background is a life of reading—mainly fiction. This is still her favourite pastime. Jan started writing only recently and she regrets not having started much earlier. It’s a passion second only to her family. Jan has always lived in Sydney but loves travelling. She sees this as another great opportunity to observe people and their lives.
Book Review / Akin by Emma DonoghueDecember 13, 2019
“A further joy is Donoghue’s impressive breadth of knowledge, combining ancient gods and philosophy with truths about the horrors of Nazi occupation and those of a tough suburban drug culture.” – Jan Allerton reviews Akin by Emma Donoghue.
Book Review / The House of Youssef by Yumna Kassah
“Although set predominantly within migrant communities, these characters and emotions could be true of many longer-term citizens. The cover image writes its own summary: suburbia, working class, blinds lowered over privacy and secret pain.” – Jan Allerton reviews The House of Youssef by Yumna Kassah
Book Review / The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
“For me it was awe-inspiring, both a revelation and a challenge, and I am sure it will be so for many others.” Jan Allerton reviews The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
Book Review / My Name Is Revenge by Ashley Kalagian Blunt
“My eyes have been opened to the depth of a significant global tragedy, and to its relevance in Australia.”
Jan Allerton reviews My Name is Revenge, the debut novel of our member Ashley Kalagian Blunt!