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Suzanne Falkiner reviews 'The Fragments' by Toni Jordan

Suzanne Falkiner
26 November 2018

In the swampy heat of a Brisbane summer in 1986, a young bookshop assistant tries to solve a fifty-year-old mystery involving Inga Karlson, a legendary New York author who died in a wareho More

Maggie MacKellar reviews 'You Daughters of Freedom' by Clare Wright

Maggie MacKellar
25 October 2018

When Clare Wright’s new history, You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians who won the vote and inspired the world, landed in my mailbox, I opened it with some trepidation. It w More

David Garrioch reviews 'Europe: A Natural History' by Tim Flannery

David Garrioch
25 October 2018

If the past is a foreign country, the distant past is a very foreign one indeed. Tim Flannery’s new book takes us deep into the prehistory of Europe. Climbing aboard the time machine tha More

2017 Publisher Picks

Madonna Duffy et al
21 December 2017

To complement our 2017 ‘Books of the Year’, we invited several senior publishers to nominate their favourite books – all published by other companies.

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Brian Matthews reviews 'The Tournament' by John Clarke

Brian Matthews
28 April 2017

Paris has gone crazy.’ There are people everywhere; ‘players and officials have been arriving like migrating birds’. The German team – including Hermann Hesse, Bertolt Brecht, Walt More

Peter Rose reviews 'The Spare Room' by Helen Garner

Peter Rose
02 October 2014
The Spare Room marks Helen Garner’s return to fiction after a long interval. Since Cosmo Cosmolino (1992), she has concentrated on non-fiction and journalism: newspaper colu More

Maya Linden reviews 'Zac & Mia' by A. J. Betts

Maya Linden
31 October 2013

Authentically owning a character’s experience is one of the great challenges faced by fiction writers, especially when it is something as intensely felt as living with terminal illness. It is testimony to A.J. Betts’s talent that she does so in Zac & Mia without lapsing into melodrama, rather, maintaining a voice that is youthful, contemporary, ... More

Kári Gíslason reviews 'A History of Silence' by Lloyd Jones

Kári Gíslason
25 September 2013

When Mark Twain arrived in Watsons Bay in 1895, he called out from his ship that he was going to write a book about Australia. ‘I think I ought to start now. You know so much more More

Patrick McCaughey reviews 'The Donald Friend Diaries' by Ian Britain

Patrick McCaughey
16 November 2011

For some sixty years Donald Friend kept a diary, making his final entry just days before his death in 1989 at the age of seventy-four. The National Library of Australia published them in f More

Jo Case reviews 'Hand Me Down World' by Lloyd Jones

Jo Case
15 November 2011

Lloyd Jones’s Booker-shortlisted ‘breakthrough’ novel Mister Pip (2006) began life as a collection of random memories and myths written on a wall...

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