Fiction

Gregory Day reviews 'Incredible Floridas' by Stephen Orr

Gregory Day
02 March 2018

Despite the detailed excavatory art of the finest biographies, sometimes it takes the alchemical power of fiction to approximate the emotional geography of a single human and his or her mi More

Jill Jones reviews 'The Man Who Took To His Bed' by Alex Skovron

Jill Jones
22 February 2018

This is a playful, intelligent, unsettling series of stories, fourteen of them, collected from publications going back a few decades from 1987 until 2012 as well as, presumably, unpublishe More

James Bradley reviews 'Dyschronia' by Jennifer Mills

James Bradley
22 February 2018

Recent years have seen the literary novel begin to mutate, its boundaries and subject matter evolving in new and sometimes surprising directions as it attempts to accommodate the increasin More

Susan Lever reviews 'Off the Record' by Craig Sherborne

Susan Lever
22 February 2018

With a regular stream of vulgar tweets from President Trump and a tsunami of sexual harassment charges against prominent men, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the nasty side of masculine pr More

Gillian Dooley reviews 'Mrs M: An imagined history' by Luke Slattery

Gillian Dooley
22 February 2018

'Mrs M’ is the second wife of Lachlan Macquarie, governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821. Luke Slattery explains in his Author’s Note the impulse behind his novel – Elizabeth M 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

Brenda Niall reviews 'The Shepherd’s Hut' by Tim Winton

Brenda Niall
22 February 2018

There are no sheep grazing anywhere near the shepherd’s hut of Tim Winton’s new novel. A few wild goats in the desolate landscape, some broken machinery: that’s all. The narrator, fi 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

Rachael Mead reviews 'Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark' by Catherine Cole

Rachael Mead
22 December 2017

It is a pleasure to read a collection of short fiction in which every story is a work of elegant and meticulous craft. Catherine Cole has brought her significant observational and lyrical More

Anna MacDonald reviews 'Her' by Garry Disher

Anna MacDonald
22 December 2017

In this dark historical novel, Garry Disher imagines a world in which small girls are sold by their desperate families and enslaved to men such as the brutal ‘scrap man’ – ‘a schem More

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