Fiction

Wayne Macauley: The Cook

Adam Rivett
27 September 2011

Menus and lust

Adam Rivett

 

The Cook
by Wayne Macauley
Text Publishing, $29.95 pb, 304 pp, 9781921758690

 

For a work that deals heavily with culinary aspirations, it is going to be hard to review Wayne Macauley’s brilliant new novel The CookMore

John Charalambous: Two Greeks

Donata Carrazza
27 September 2011

Holding pattern

Donata Carrazza

 

Two Greeks
by John Charalambous
University of Queensland Press, $24.95 pb, 264 pp, 9780702239045

 

What does a young boy make of a father who carries in his pocket a knife that is used to peel fruit, behead chickens, f ... More

Amos Oz: Scenes from Village Life

Colin Golvan
27 September 2011

The redemptive power of dreams

Colin Golvan

 

Scenes from Village Life
by Amos Oz
Chatto & Windus, $29.95 hb, 265 pp, 9780701185503

 

Amos Oz, who is at the pinnacle of Israeli writing, epitomises the role of writer as a voice of hope, a moral guid ... More

Steven Carroll: Spirit of Progress

Patrick Allington
23 August 2011

Steven Carroll’s new novel

Patrick Allington

 

Spirit of Progress
by Steven Carroll
Fourth Estate, $29.99 pb, 347 pp, 9780732291181

 

At the beginning of Steven Carroll’s new novel, Spirit of Progress, Michael stands on a platform of the G ... More

Melanie Joosten: Berlin Syndrome

Adam Gall
23 August 2011

Tough love

Adam Gall

 

Berlin Syndrome
by Melanie Joosten
Scribe, $29.95 pb, 248 pp, 9781921844140

 

Melanie Joosten’s first novel, Berlin Syndrome,is a compelling literary thriller. Clare, an Australian travelling alone in Europe, meets a c ... More

Jan Gross: Jam Dreaming

Joy Lawn
23 August 2011

Unrealised dreams

Joy Lawn

 

Jam Dreaming
by Jan Gross
Sid Harta Publishers, $24.95 pb, 382 pp, 9781921829581

 

The premise of Jam Dreaming is worthwhile; three cultures and generations meet over food. Eileen is an Aboriginal girl who lives in ... More

Christopher Kremmer: The Chase

Don Anderson
23 August 2011

Tale of the turf

Don Anderson

 

The Chase
by Christopher Kremmer
Picador, $32.99 pb, 400 pp, 9781405039932

 

Australians are suckers for a day at the races, and may be suckers for novels and poems about a day at the races. Consider Gerald Murnane’s m ... More

Leah Swann: Bearings

Tim Brewer
29 June 2011

The maze within

Tim Brewer

 

Bearings
by Leah Swann
Affirm Press, $24.95 pb, 198 pp, 9780980790429

 

Leah Swann’s first fiction publication comprises a novella and seven short stories, all dealing with themes relating to the book’s title, Bearings. Each short story pr ... More

Brenda Niall reviews 'A Man of Parts: A Novel'

Brenda Niall
29 June 2011

Nearly seven years ago, David Lodge had the bad luck to collide with Colm Tóibín when both writers produced a novel about Henry James. Tóibín was the first to publish; his work The Master (2004) won high praise and a Booker Prize nomination. Lodge’s Author, Author (2004), trailing six months behind, suffered in the inevitable comparisons. The ... More

Mette Jakobsen: The Vanishing Act

Christine Piper
29 June 2011

Island philosophy

Christine Piper

 

The Vanishing Act
by Mette Jakobsen
Text Publishing, $23.95 pb, 240 pp, 9781921758195

 

The début novel from Danish-born, Australia-based author Mette Jakobsen resembles a riddle: a tiny island in the middle of the ... More

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