Chris Flynn

Chris Flynn reviews four new crime novels

Chris Flynn
21 April 2019

The plethora of crime stories is such that, in order to succeed, they must either follow a well-trodden narrative path and do so extremely well, or run with a high concept and hope for the More

Chris Flynn reviews 'Sydney Noir' edited by John Dale

Chris Flynn
18 December 2018

In 2004, New York-based publisher Akashic Books released Brooklyn Noir, a collection of short fiction written under a specific brief. Stories had to be se More

Chris Flynn reviews 'Property' by Lionel Shriver

Chris Flynn
26 April 2018

The sadly departed Terry Pratchett once said, ‘Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.’ While it is difficult to imagine anyone claiming that the great fantasist had no More

Chris Flynn reviews 'Inexperience and other stories' by Anthony Macris

Chris Flynn
29 November 2016

Given the Australian propensity for travel, it is odd that the global wanderings of our citizens are not much explored in literary fiction, which is still in the anguished throes of self-examination, arguably stuck in a loop. How refreshing, then, to read Anthony Macris’s fourth book, Inexperience and Other Stories, a short volume which drops the reader i ... More

Chris Flynn reviews 'The Dry' by Jane Harper

Chris Flynn
23 May 2016

There is an odd moment halfway through The Dry when Aaron Falk, the Federal Police officer unofficially investigating the apparent murder–suicide of the Hadler family ...

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Chris Flynn reviews 'Abacus' by Louis Armand

Chris Flynn
27 November 2015

Abacus is Prague-based Australian author and poet Louis Armand's seventh novel, his fifth in as many years. Such a prolific work rate is admirable, but in telling a story which covers the entirety of the twentieth century, as seen through the eyes of ten disparate ... More

Chris Flynn reviews 'Everything Is Teeth' by Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner

Chris Flynn
27 August 2015

The age of apex narcissism has opened the publishing floodgates to myopic and often unnecessary confessionals, personal tales of shame and struggle that, in the past, would more likely have been recounted to a priest or therapist. The memoir genre is at its peak, and the descent may be swift and brutal.

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Chris Flynn reviews 'Quicksand' by Steve Toltz

Chris Flynn
27 April 2015
Penguin Australia’s recent fiction output has been remarkable... More

2017 Jolley Prize Judges

Amy Baillieu
31 March 2017

AmyAmy Baillieu completed a Masters of Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne in 2011 and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the same university with majors in English Literature and French. She also attended the Sorbonne in Paris, where she completed a Cours ... More

Adam Rivett reviews 'A Tiger in Eden' by Chris Flynn

Adam Rivett
27 February 2012

For ex-Orangeman Billy, history is a nightmare from which he’s trying to get a good night’s sleep. Haunted by ‘all the bloody faces of Catholic lads I done over and worse’, he’s an exile in Thailand, regularly numbing himself with cheap sex, beer, and the occasional fight. He claims he’s never seen the sunrise sober in his life. Things are about to change.More

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