Fiction

David Dick reviews 'Satan Repentant' by Michael Aiken

David Dick
17 September 2018

It is time to repent my sins. Recently, I have been asking myself if poetry is exempt from a need to entertain. Is the act of reading a poem or a book of poetry an escapist, amusing, joyou More

Anna MacDonald reviews 'Beautiful Revolutionary' by Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Anna MacDonald
10 September 2018

Laura Elizabeth Woollett’s novel Beautiful Revolutionary chronicles the decade leading up to the Jonestown massacre in Guyana when Jim Jones, founder of the Peoples Temple, orch More

Tali Lavi reviews 'The Storyteller: Selected stories' by Serge Liberman

Tali Lavi
31 August 2018

When I look at certain images of German-born photographer Roman Vishniac, the accompanying pain is acute, for his mesmerising monochromatic portraits of Eastern European Jews before their More

Gillian Dooley reviews 'The Coves' by David Whish-Wilson

Gillian Dooley
31 August 2018

A small bay is a cove, and so is a man, according to old-fashioned slang. The Coves takes advantage of this coincidence: it’s a story about a gang of men that rules ‘Sydney Co More

Sophie Frazer reviews 'The Hunter and Other Stories of Men' by David Cohen

Sophie Frazer
30 August 2018

In David Cohen’s collection of wry and quirky stories, he follows the lives of various men in their rituals of ordinariness – their failures, foibles, and fetishes – with a razor-lik More

Susan Varga reviews 'Aesop the Fox' by Suniti Namjoshi

Susan Varga
23 August 2018

Suniti Namjoshi has made an international reputation as a fabulist and poet with a strong feminist bent. Some Australian readers will be familiar with her work, long published here by More

Sophie Frazer reviews 'The Art of Persuasion' by Susan Midalia

Sophie Frazer
23 August 2018

'Longing,’ thinks Hazel West, the twenty-five-year-old protagonist of Susan Midalia’s first novel, ‘I could begin a story with longing.’ This is a book about various kinds of longi More

Johanna Leggatt reviews 'Man out of Time' by Stephanie Bishop

Johanna Leggatt
23 August 2018

Stephanie Bishop’s third novel, Man Out of Time, her most mature work to date, echoes Virginia Woolf’s psychological realism and the claustrophobic intensity of Elizabeth Harr More

Suzanne Falkiner reviews 'The Biographer’s Lover' by Ruby J. Murray

Suzanne Falkiner
23 August 2018

A short way into this intriguing novel, author Ruby J. Murray cites Virginia Woolf on the subject of biography. According to Murray’s protagonist, Woolf called it ‘a plodding art’: More

Anthony Lynch reviews 'The True Colour of the Sea' by Robert Drewe

Anthony Lynch
23 August 2018

Robert Drewe’s first short story collection, the widely acclaimed The Bodysurfers (1983), opens with a story of the Lang family – children Annie, David, and Max, taken by their recently widowed father for More

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