Australian Fiction

Angela Meyer reviews 'The Kid on the Karaoke Stage and Other Stories' edited by Georgia Richter

Angela Meyer
21 April 2011

While the stories in The Kid on the Karaoke Stage vary thematically, they are predominantly realist in style, with plenty of seemingly serendipitous through-lines. Georgia Richter, who has edited the collection superbly, says that she was interested in ‘the way we turn to writing to crystallise moments of realisation’. The authors all have links to West ... More

Anna Ryan-Punch reviews 'Six' by Karen Tayleur

Anna Ryan-Punch
19 April 2011

Six people. Five seatbelts. Six teenagers involved in a horrific car crash. But who has died?


Cheryl Jorgensen reviews 'Bright and Distant Shores' by Dominic Smith

Cheryl Jorgensen
14 April 2011

Owen Graves, by occupation a house wrecker and by nature a collector, is summoned to the world’s tallest building by the president of Chicago’s First Equitable Insurance Company...


Anthony Lynch reviews 'This Too Shall Pass' by S.J. Finn

Anthony Lynch
14 April 2011

From Kafka on, we can trace a line of narratives dealing with alienation in the modern workplace, with forces seen and unseen overwhelming individual volition. S.J. Finn’s first novel ma More

Emma Ashmere reviews 'The Raven's Heart' by Jesse Blackadder

Emma Ashmere
14 April 2011
Mary Queen of Scots, widow of the youthful French king, returns from her long exile in France to a country bereft of pageantry... More

Don Anderson reviews 'The Simple Death' by Michael Duffy

Don Anderson
14 April 2011

Michael Duffy, perhaps best known as a newspaper columnist and contrarian, and co-presenter with Paul Comrie-Thomson ...


Shaun Prescott reviews 'Black Glass' by Meg Mundell

Shaun Prescott
14 April 2011

Black Glass, speculative fiction with a sentimental edge, explores a nation controlled by an intrusive surveillance culture and subliminal social engineering...


Maya Linden reviews 'Darkwater' by Georgia Blain and 'This Is Shyness' by Leanne Hall

Maya Linden
26 March 2011

Darkness, both literal and symbolic, pervadesthese two recent books. Darkwater, the first Young Adult title by established writer Georgia Blain...


Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'Prime Cut' by Alan Carter

Jay Daniel Thompson
24 March 2011

Prime Cut sounds like the title of a glossy Hollywood thriller. Fortunately, Alan Carter’s début novel is a gritty and engrossing look at crime and racism in a small Western Australian town. Cato Kwong is a Chinese-Australian detective who has been working in the lowly ‘Stock Squad’ since a disastrous arrest some years before. In the novel’s openin ... More

Amy Baillieu reviews 'Paris Dreaming' by Anita Heiss

Amy Baillieu
24 March 2011

Having been ‘completely screwed over by men’, Libby Cutmore is on a self-imposed and inevitably short-lived ‘man-fast’. Although she loves her job at the (fictional) National Aboriginal Gallery in Canberra, memories of New York adventures with her friend Lauren (Manhattan Dreaming, 2010), and Libby’s own sense of exclusion now that her two closest ... More

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