Fiction

The final offering in Patrick Holland’s first collection of short stories is also its best.

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James Bradley reviews 'Bird Cloud' by Annie Proulx

James Bradley
Thursday, 24 March 2011

Almost two decades ago, when The Shipping News (1993) transformed Annie Proulx into an unlikely literary superstar, one might have been forgiven for...

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Adam Rivett reviews 'Gone' by Jennifer Mills

Adam Rivett
Thursday, 24 March 2011

Writing in the Guardian late last year, Philip Pullman said this of what he regards as the dominant style in contemporary fiction: ‘What I dislike about the present-tense narrative is...

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Kate McFadyen reviews 'The Ghost of Waterloo' by Robin Adair

Kate McFadyen
Thursday, 24 March 2011

In the afterword to The Ghost of Waterloo, Robin Adair reveals what attracts him to writing historical fiction...

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Brenda Niall reviews 'Blue Skies' by Helen Hodgman

Brenda Niall
Thursday, 24 March 2011

With its witty cover, showing an overturned pram, Blue Skies places itself in the era of The Female Eunuch (1971) and adds a Gothic horror touch...

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Carmel Bird reviews 'Little People' by Jane Sullivan

Carmel Bird
Thursday, 24 March 2011

Jane Sullivan’s novel, which was runner-up in the 2010 CAL Scribe Fiction Prize for a novel by a writer over thirty-five years of age, blends the powerful theme of ...

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Carol Middleton reviews 'Flock' by Lyn Hughes

Carol Middleton
Thursday, 24 March 2011

The language of wallpaper is entrancing: a velvet flock, a Réveillon arabesque, a Dufour panoramic. After ten years’ research and writing, Lyn Hughes’s fourth novel, Flock, is rich with the texture and imagery of wallpaper.

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Wirklich, ich lebe in finsteren Zeiten. 
(Truly, I live in dark times.)

When her mother uttered that line from Bertolt Brecht’s great poem ‘An die Nachgeborenen’, Juliana – the narrator of Elisabeth Holdsworth’s first novel – knew they were in for a hard time. Janna had returned to the Netherlands from Da ...

They had been at school together, Julian Treslove and Samuel Finkler. ‘More rivals than friends, but rivalry too can last a lifetime.’

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Alison Broinowski reviews 'Blossoms and Shadows' by Lian Hearn

Alison Broinowski
Tuesday, 07 December 2010

Within little more than a decade, between the 1850s and the 1860s, seven centuries of Japanese feudalism and more than two hundred years of seclusion came to an end ...

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