Reviewer versus book publisher

Australian publisher Ivor Indyk under fire from reviewer Declan Fry and other literary figures.

On Sunday 6 February, book critic Declan Fry wrote about Jessica Au’s new novella, Cold Enough for Snow in The Age/Sydney Morning Herald. It was, to most people’s eyes, an inoffensive and largely positive review, but Au’s publisher, Ivor Indyk of small press Giramondo, responded by emailing Fry to claim he was a ‘bullshit artist when it comes to literary criticism’, referring specifically to Fry’s ‘ham-fisted and patronising review’ of Cold Enough for Snow.

Fry promptly took to Twitter, re-publishing Indyk’s email and adding a few salvos of his own. The critic stated that this response was just the latest in a long line of Indyk ‘bullying and belittling writers just for doing their thing’.

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She's the outgoing books editor of The Big issue. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press. Her next collection, Decadence, will be published in July 2022. Twitter: @thuy_on