Fiction

Robert Dessaix reviews 'The Friendly Ones' by Philip Hensher

Robert Dessaix
24 May 2018

‘Nothing matters very much,’ says Hilary Spinster, one of the main characters in Philip Hensher’s mammoth mêlée of a novel, ‘and most things don’t matter at all’. How true, w 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

Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover reviews 'Crime and Punishment' by Fyodor Dostoevsky, translated by Nicolas Pasternak Slater

Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover
26 April 2018

On its first appearance in Russia, Dostoevsky’s novel 'Crime and Punishment' was the hit of the season. It was serialised throughout 1866 in the journal 'The Russian Messenger'. Nikolai More

Amy Baillieu reviews 'Flames' by Robbie Arnott

Amy Baillieu
26 April 2018

Robbie Arnott’s Flames is an exuberantly creative and confident début. Set in an alternate Tasmania, Flames’s kaleidoscopic narrative crackles with energy and imagin More

Shannon Burns reviews 'Relatively Famous' by Roger Averill

Shannon Burns
26 April 2018

In Relatively Famous, Roger Averill combines a fictional memoir with extracts from a faux-biography of the memoirist’s Booker Prize-winning father, Gilbert Madigan. The biograph 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

Gillian Dooley reviews 'A Sand Archive' by Gregory Day

Gillian Dooley
26 April 2018

‘And so I patch it together … I take the liberty of seeking not only an explanation but a connection between what at first might appear to be disparate ingredients.’ The narrator of More

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