Fiction

Michael Sala: The Last Thread

Kate Holden
20 January 2012

Second in line

Kate Holden

 

The Last Thread
by Michael Sala
Affirm Press, $27.95 pb, 256 pp, 9780987132680

 

Memoir, it seems, is proliferating ever more furiously in Australia, filling bookshelves and review pages like bacteria in still water. We are ... More

Rod Usher: Poor Man's Wealth

Phil Brown
20 January 2012

An ugly, lovely town

Phil Brown

 

Poor Man’s Wealth
by Rod Usher
Fourth Estate, $27.99 pb, 323 pp, 9780732294519

 

Small towns, as anyone who has lived in one can attest, abound in colourful characters. Or is it just that people’s peccadilloes are ... More

Chandani Lokugé: Softly, As I Leave You

Gillian Dooley
20 January 2012

Illusive beauty

Gillian Dooley

 

Softly, As I Leave You
by Chandani Lokugé
Arcadia (Australian Scholarly Publishing), $24.95 pb, 252 pp, 9781921875410

 

A treacherous beauty pervades Chandani Lokugé’s third novel, a tragic story of loss and squande ... More

Janette Turner Hospital: Forecast:Turbulence

Rhyll McMaster
24 November 2011

Wide isobars

Rhyll McMaster

 

FORECAST: TURBULENCE
by Janette Turner Hospital
Fourth Estate, $29.99 hb, 232 pp, 9780732294441

 

Janette Turner Hospital, who grew up in Brisbane, has taught in Australian and overseas universities, and is well regarded a ... More

Tony Birch: Blood

Chris Flynn
24 November 2011

Old-school skill

Chris Flynn

 

Blood
by Tony Birch
University of Queensland Press, $29.95 pb, 288 pp, 9780702239274

 

As Christos Tsiolkas notes in his back cover puff, Tony Birch’s storytelling skills have been widely acknowledged since the publicat ... More

Charlotte Wood: Animal People

Miriam Zolin
24 November 2011

Everyperson on a bus

Miriam Zolin

 

Animal People
by Charlotte Wood
Allen & Unwin, $29.99 pb, 264 pp, 9781742376851

 

Early in Charlotte Wood’s previous novel The Children (2007), one of Stephen Connolly’s sisters describes him as lost ... More

Judith Armstrong: War & Peace and Sonya

Carol Middleton
24 November 2011

A tumultuous coupling

Carol Middleton

 

War & Peace and Sonya
by Judith Armstrong
Pier 9, $29.99 pb, 249 pp, 9781742665405

 

Judith Armstrong, a Russian and French scholar, has translated the diaries of Tolstoy’s wife, Sonya, to form the focus of ... More

Lloyd Jones: Hand Me Down World

Jo Case
15 November 2011

Merchandise

Jo Case

 

Hand Me Down World
by Lloyd Jones
Text Publishing, $32.95 pb, 336 pp, 9781921656682

 

Lloyd Jones’s Booker-shortlisted ‘breakthrough’ novel Mister Pip (2006) began life as a collection of random memories and myths w ... More

Roger McDonald: When Colts Ran

Peter Pierce
15 November 2011

Made in Australia

Peter Pierce

 

When Colts Ran
by Roger McDonald
Vintage, $32.95 pb, 352 pp, 9781864710410

 

Between the wars, the dominant mode of Australian fiction was the saga: tales of land-taking and nation-building, melodramas within families a ... More

Maggie Mackellar: When it Rains

Bernadette Brennan
15 November 2011

Frameworks of grief

Bernadette Brennan

 

When It Rains: A Memoir
by Maggie Mackellar
Vintage, $29.95 pb, 223 pp, 9781741669602

 

Maggie Mackellar’s stunning new memoir, When It Rains, narrates her journey through the disorienting landscape o ... More

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