Fiction

Beejay Silcox reviews 'Border Districts' by Gerald Murnane

Beejay Silcox
24 November 2017

There is a whiff of mythology about Gerald Murnane. He is quietly infamous for who he isn’t: for the things he’s never done (travel by aeroplane); the things he’ll never do (live out More

Barry Reynolds reviews 'Bad to Worse' by Robert Edeson

Barry Reynolds
24 November 2017

You can’t help but smile while reading Robert Edeson’s Bad to Worse, his second book featuring Richard Worse, polymath, conversationalist, fighter, and resident of Perth. The mirt More

Fiona Wright reviews 'Drawing Sybylla' by Odette Kelada

Fiona Wright
24 November 2017

Drawing Sybylla is a wonderfully unusual book, narrated in parts by a modern-day Sybil – one of those ‘mad mouthpieces’ of prophesy and poetry from Ancient Greece. This More

Catherine Noske reviews 'Terra Nullius' by Claire G. Coleman

Catherine Noske
24 November 2017

It is hard to review a novel when you don’t want to discuss two-thirds of it – not because it is not worth discussing, but because doing so risks undermining the genius of the novel’ 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

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'Atlantic Black' by A.S. Patrić

Kerryn Goldsworthy
24 November 2017

Writing this review in the first week in November, I look at the calendar and note that we are a few days away from the seventy-ninth anniversary of Kristallnacht, when, over More

Felicity Plunkett reviews 'Demi-Gods' by Eliza Robertson

Felicity Plunkett
24 November 2017

In the preface to Demi-Gods, a boy burns moths with a magnifying glass. A girl – the novel’s narrator, Willa – watches ‘khaki wings’ that seem to be ‘folded from More

Brian Matthews reviews 'A Sea-Chase' by Roger McDonald

Brian Matthews
25 October 2017

As Ratty observed to Mole, ‘There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.’ In Roger McDonald’s A Sea-Chase, lovers Wes Bannister and Judy Compton would certainly agree, but before they achieve Ratty’s state of nautical transcendence much that does matter has to be dealt with.

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