This was a work that busted open the detective genre and signalled a new direction in the evolution of literature. Does it matter what its creator says?
Australia loves a realist crime drama, but there are certainly better ones out there than Animal Kingdom.
Critics who have come to praise the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski are victims of cult followers' persistence, psycho-semiotic babble and zealotry.
Ray Lawrence's Bliss certainly caused a stir at its release, but did it ever get the credit it deserves in the canon of Australian film?
William Faulkner's The Sound and The Fury was originally published to little fanfare. There was a reason for that.
Has O'Connor's debut novel been historically overlooked in favour of the Southern Gothics of McCarthy, Capote and Faulkner?