In Brief

Dan Dixon review 'The Best of The Lifted Brow: Volume Two' edited by Alexander Bennetts

Dan Dixon
27 December 2017

A collection organised around ‘the best’ of anything invites a particular kind of evaluation, a seeking of the criteria that such an elastic adjective might imply. The criteria employe More

Rachael Mead reviews 'The Secret Life of Whales: A marine biologist’s revelations' by Micheline Jenner

Rachael Mead
22 December 2017

The title of this book is surprisingly apt. Considering that whales are such charismatic creatures and icons of the conservation movement, it comes as a shock to realise how much of their More

Rachael Mead reviews 'Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark' by Catherine Cole

Rachael Mead
22 December 2017

It is a pleasure to read a collection of short fiction in which every story is a work of elegant and meticulous craft. Catherine Cole has brought her significant observational and lyrical More

Anna MacDonald reviews 'Her' by Garry Disher

Anna MacDonald
22 December 2017

In this dark historical novel, Garry Disher imagines a world in which small girls are sold by their desperate families and enslaved to men such as the brutal ‘scrap man’ – ‘a schem More

Lisa Bennett reviews 'The Art of Navigation' by Rose Michael

Lisa Bennett
21 December 2017

Conceptually, The Art of Navigation is as intriguing as it is ambitious. The narrative is part near-future time travel, part historical drama, part nostalgic Australian Gothic – More

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'Dancing Home' by Paul Collis

Jay Daniel Thompson
24 November 2017

Dancing Home opens in forthright fashion. The author, Paul Collis, urges readers to ‘[t]ake sides. Be involved in the ideas I’ve written into this book.’ The novel offe More

Gillian Dooley reviews 'The Pacific Room' by Michael Fitzgerald

Gillian Dooley
24 November 2017

Simile haunts The Pacific Room. So many sentences begin ‘It’s as if ...’ that the phrase seems like an incantation. Michael Fitzgerald writes that he agrees with Robert More

Anna MacDonald reviews 'Half Wild' by Pip Smith

Anna MacDonald
24 November 2017

In this inventive début novel, Pip Smith recounts the multiple lives of Eugenia Falleni, the ‘man-woman’ who in 1920, as Harry Crawford, was convicted of murdering his first wife, Ann More

Cassandra Atherton reviews 'Rubik' by Elizabeth Tan

Cassandra Atherton
25 October 2017

Invoking the Rubik’s Cube – a puzzle where twenty-six ‘cubelets’ rotate around a core crosspiece – Rubik is less a novel and more a book of interconnected short stories More

Kirk Graham reviews 'Everybody Lies: What the Internet can tell us about who we really are' by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Kirk Graham
25 October 2017

With the help of new data such as Google searches, economist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz promises to reveal our innermost secrets. ‘Everything is data!’ he writes, ‘And with all this ne More

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