Fiction

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

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

Suzie Gibson reviews 'Saint Antony in His Desert' by Anthony Uhlmann

Suzie Gibson
26 July 2018

With his maiden voyage into fiction, Anthony Uhlmann, a professor of English at Western Sydney University, has produced an ambitious novel that dramatises the intertwining of time and memo More

Michael Brennan reviews 'The Fireflies of Autumn: And other tales of San Ginese' by Moreno Giovannoni

Michael Brennan
26 July 2018

Moreno Giovannoni’s collection of tales – populous and baggy, earthy and engrossing – offers not a history but the lifeblood, the living memory, of a small town in northern Italy cal More

Kirsten Tranter reviews 'Kudos' by Rachel Cusk

Kirsten Tranter
25 July 2018

Kudos concludes the extraordinary trilogy that began with Outline (2014) and Transit (2016). Following the distinctive format of the first two books, KudosMore

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