Fiction

Benjamin Chandler reviews 'Chasing Odysseus' by S.D. Gentill

Benjamin Chandler
Saturday, 26 March 2011

S.D. Gentill’s Chasing Odysseus provides a fresh perspective on Homer’s The Odyssey for young readers. It focuses on the adventures of Hero and her three brothers – Machaon, Lycon, and Cadmus – during the fall of Troy and on their subsequent pursuit of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, throughout his legendary voyages. The siblings are raised among the Herdsmen of Ida, who are ...

Darkness, both literal and symbolic, pervadesthese two recent books. Darkwater, the first Young Adult title by established writer Georgia Blain...

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Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'Prime Cut' by Alan Carter

Jay Daniel Thompson
Thursday, 24 March 2011

Prime Cut sounds like the title of a glossy Hollywood thriller. Fortunately, Alan Carter’s début novel is a gritty and engrossing look at crime and racism in a small Western Australian town. Cato Kwong is a Chinese-Australian detective who has been working in the lowly ‘Stock Squad’ since a disastrous arrest some years before. In the novel’s openin ...

Amy Baillieu reviews 'Paris Dreaming' by Anita Heiss

Amy Baillieu
Thursday, 24 March 2011

Having been ‘completely screwed over by men’, Libby Cutmore is on a self-imposed and inevitably short-lived ‘man-fast’. Although she loves her job at the (fictional) National Aboriginal Gallery in Canberra, memories of New York adventures with her friend Lauren (Manhattan Dreaming, 2010), and Libby’s own sense of exclusion now that her two closest ...

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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