The Herald December 29, 1989

The Saddest Pleasure

Inez Baranay’s The Saddest Pleasure .. is characterised by the same intelligence and freshness that marked her first book…. her prose is vivid, aphoristic, ideally suited to summing up her generation’s fantasies and follies - whether they concern finding the right hotel in India or living alone as a “new spinster” in Sydney. “You Don’t Whinge” takes a wry look at the cultural shifts in Australia that have made yesterday’s despised “reffos” today’s fashionable Europeans. It is one of the many pieces in The Saddest Pleasure which mark out Baranay as a talented and innovative writer.

-The Herald December 29, 1989