October 2016, issue no. 385

Cassandra Atherton reviews 'Portable Curiosities' by Julie Koh

Cassandra Atherton

Julie Koh's first full-length short story collection, Portable Curiosities, is an electrifying satire on Anglo-Australian hegemony and the underbelly of the Australian Dream ...More

David Thomas Henry Wright reviews "Their brilliant careers: The fantastic lives of sixteen extraordinary Australian writers' by Ryan O'Neill

David Wright

In the acknowledgments of Their Brilliant Careers, the author gives thanks to Roberto Bolaño's Nazi Literature in the Americas (1996), which 'provides essential backgrou More

Suzanne Falkiner reviews 'The Last Days of Ava Langdon' by Mark O'Flynn

Suzanne Falkiner

Poet and novelist Mark O'Flynn lives in the same street in the Blue Mountains in which Eve Langley's derelict shack still stands. Perhaps her ghost drifts along the well-worn ...


Sarah Myles reviews 'LaRose' by Louise Erdrich

Sarah Myles

Some books in a writer's oeuvre are like beacons. Louise Erdrich has shone such lights before, but in a prolific career – this is her fifteenth novel – LaRose is perhaps her brightest. A story of traditional justice, vengeance, and healing, LaRose is also a cohesive weaving of intergenerational stories that links back to the beginning of a writ ... More

Rose Lucas reviews 'Avalanche: A love story' by Julia Leigh

Rose Lucas

When snow falls, it blurs the line of sight. Sometimes it covers the world with a soft blanket, dampening everything else; sometimes it chills to the marrow ...


Felicity Plunkett reviews 'The Memory Artist' by Katherine Brabon

Felicity Plunkett

For Pasha Ivanov, memory is 'a warped wound, with a welt or bruise that had arrived inexplicably late'. As the son of political dissidents in Moscow during Brezhnev's ...


James Bradley reviews 'Barkskins' by Annie Proulx

James Bradley

The bleaching event that devastated much of the Great Barrier Reef in recent months made it clear that Earth's ecosystems are in crisis, driven to the brink ...


Ruth Starke reviews four recent Young Adult novels

Ruth Starke

Summer Skin (Allen & Unwin, $19.99 pb, 347 pp, 978192526-6924) by Kirsty Eagar, a raunchy romance for older readers, is set in the halls of residence ...


Benjamin Chandler reviews 'The Tale of Shikanoko: Emperor of the eight islands' by Lian Hearn

Benjamin Chandler

With Emperor of the Eight Islands, Lian Hearn delves into the mythic past of the world she crafted so perfectly in the Tales of the Otori series ...


Crusader Hillis reviews 'Kings Rising' by C.S. Pacat

Crusader Hillis

Kings Rising is the final in C.S. Pacat's Captive Prince trilogy. Set in an invented world that evokes medieval France and Ancient Greece ...

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