In Brief

Francesca Sasnaitis reviews 'Meanjin A–Z: Fine fiction 1980 to now' edited by Jonathan Green

Francesca Sasnaitis
26 July 2018

The narrator of David Malouf’s virtuosic ‘A Traveller’s Tale’ (1982) describes Queensland’s far north as ‘a place of transformations’ and unwittingly provides us with an epig More

Anna MacDonald reviews 'The Fortress' by S.A. Jones

Anna MacDonald
26 April 2018

This speculative novel is of the Zeitgeist. S.A. Jones imagines a civilisation of women – the Vaik – committed to ‘Work. History. Sex. Justice.’ Although they live apart, in ‘The More

Gretchen Shirm reviews 'You Belong Here' by Laurie Steed

Gretchen Shirm
26 April 2018

Interwoven short story collections are often at their best when they offer multiple perspectives on the same event. Laurie Steed does this well in his début novel You Belong Here More

Josephine Taylor reviews 'The Lucky Galah' by Tracy Sorensen

Josephine Taylor
26 April 2018

In 1969, in a quintessentially Australian town on the remote north-west coast, the locals prepare to celebrate their role in the moon landing. In 2000, as the townsfolk brace themselves fo More

Lisa Bennett reviews 'A pple and Knife' by Intan Paramaditha, translated by Stephen J. Epstein

Lisa Bennett
26 April 2018

There is an observation in the titular story of Indonesian writer Intan Paramaditha’s first collection to be published in English, which can be read as the thematic spine of the book: More

Anna MacDonald reviews 'The Everlasting Sunday' by Robert Lukins

Anna MacDonald
27 March 2018

Set in England during the Big Freeze of 1962–63 – the coldest winter in nearly 300 years – Robert Lukins’s first novel tells the story of Radford, who is sent to live at Goodwin Ma More

Tali Lavi reviews 'The Tattooist Of Auschwitz' by Heather Morris

Tali Lavi
22 February 2018

Early on in this book, the fictional Lale Sokolov, based on the real man of that name who survived Auschwitz and its horrors to eventually live in suburban Melbourne, has his arm tattooed. More

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'The Lebs' by Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Jay Daniel Thompson
22 February 2018

Bani Adam wants to be a ‘chivalrous poet’ or a great writer. These aspirations make the Lebanese-Australian teenager feel like an outsider at the testosterone-fuelled, anti-intellectua More

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

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