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Stephen Dedman reviews Eight Lives by Susan Hurley

Stephen Dedman
23 May 2019
Eight Lives is a meticulously crafted first novel by Susan Hurley, a 2017 Peter Carey Short Story Award nominee and a medical researcher with more than thirty years’ experience in More

Kate Griffiths reviews Blackout: How is energy-rich Australia running out of electricity? by Matthew Warren

Kate Griffiths
23 May 2019

Australia’s energy transition has been hotly debated for a decade, and it doesn’t look set to cool anytime soon. Blackout: How is energy-rich Australia running out of electricity?< More

Keyvan Allahyari reviews Into the Fire by Sonia Orchard

Keyvan Allahyari
22 April 2019

The American writer bell hooks had characterised the 1990s as a period of ‘collusion’ between well-educated white women and the capitalist patriarchy (Where We Stand: Class matters More

Jane Rawson reviews The Glad Shout by Alice Robinson

Jane Rawson
25 March 2019

Unusually for literary fiction, Alice Robinson’s The Glad Shout opens right in the thick of the action: Jostled and soaked, copping an elbow to her ribs, smelling wet wool More

Tali Lavi reviews Imperfect: How our bodies shape the people we become by Lee Kofman

Tali Lavi
25 February 2019

A marble statue of a crouching Venus disfigured by age and circumstance appears on the cover of Lee Kofman’s Imperfect. The goddess of love and beauty is a ruin, although one ca More

Miriam Zolin reviews 'A Break in the Chain' by Tangea Tansley

Miriam Zolin
23 August 2011

Any attempt to write a novel that covers three generations, two centuries, and two continents is undeniably ambitious. Include subject matter that ranges from Jewishness and gemstones to the occult, and set the story in a vibrant and sometimes turbulent time in the history of Melbourne and Victoria, from the 1850s gold rushes to the early 1900s, and the possibilities are exciting. Whether A ... More