April 2018, issue no. 400

Anna MacDonald reviews 'The Everlasting Sunday' by Robert Lukins

Anna MacDonald
27 March 2018

Set in England during the Big Freeze of 1962–63 – the coldest winter in nearly 300 years – Robert Lukins’s first novel tells the story of Radford, who is sent to live at Goodwin Ma More

Brian Matthews reviews 'A Stolen Season' by Rodney Hall

Brian Matthews
26 March 2018

Of the now twelve novels that make up Rodney Hall’s distinguished prose fiction – ranging from The Ship on the Coin (1972) to this year’s A Stolen Season – it is More

Ashley Hay reviews 'In the Garden of the Fugitives' by Ceridwen Dovey

Ashley Hay
23 March 2018

I was never brave enough to visit Pompeii, partly due to an overactive imagination that combined a sense of the ferocity of Vesuvius’s blast in 79 CE and the volcano’s ongoing mutterin More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'The Death of Noah Glass' by Gail Jones

Kerryn Goldsworthy
23 March 2018

Noah Glass is dead, his fully clothed body discovered floating face down in the swimming pool of his Sydney apartment block, early one morning. Born in Perth in 1946, father of two adult c More

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

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