March 2017, issue no. 389

James McNamara reviews 'The Sellout' by Paul Beatty

James McNamara

The morning after the US election, Los Angeles was still. Usually a roar of noise, my city was stunned silent. As I spoke with distraught friends and colleagues, the fact that ...


Sonia Nair reviews 'Black British: A novel' by Hebe de Souza

Sonia Nair

Set against the milieu of India’s recent emancipation from British rule and the indelible scars left by the country’s 1947 partition with Pakistan, Black British subverts the More

Francesca Sasnaitis reviews 'On the Blue Train' by Kristel Thornell

Francesca Sasnaitis

On the Blue Train is Kristel Thornell’s reimagining of Agatha Christie’s mysterious disappearance in 1926. Thornell might have let her imagination fly, given that both Dorothy More

Dilan Gunawardana reviews 'Wood Green' by Sean Rabin

Dilan Gunawardana

The cover of Sean Rabin’s first novel, Wood Green, depicts a foggy eucalypt forest at dawn (or dusk), and a ghostly figure in the glow of torchlight. With the added ele More

Alex Cothren reviews 'The Windy Season' by Sam Carmody

Alex Cothren

Boat, pub, boat, pub, boat, pub: in the fictitious Western Australian fishing town of Stark, residents divide their days between these two brutally masculine locales, and ...


Ann-Marie Priest reviews 'Resolution' by A.N. Wilson

Ann-Marie Priest

Resolution is the loosely fictionalised story of Captain Cook’s second voyage, begun in 1772, in search of the mythological Great Southern Continent. Told through the eyes of .. More

Dina Ross reviews 'The Love of a Bad Man' by Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Dina Ross

Throughout history, women have been seduced by men who are mad, bad, and dangerous to know. Many of the world’s most notorious murderers and con artists have attracted ...


Fiona Wright reviews 'The Science of Appearances' by Jacinta Halloran

Fiona Wright

‘Twins,’ Jacinta Halloran writes, have ‘a special place in worlds both mythical and real’. This line, in the beautifully poetic prologue of The Science of Appearances, is More

Lisa Gorton reviews 'Hag-Seed: The Tempest retold' by Margaret Atwood

Lisa Gorton

The Tempest is a play set on a ship. In the first scene, the ship is wrecked. ‘All lost ... all lost.’ The play is over. The play begins again. To one side of the stage, on an More

Sara Savage reviews 'The Near and the Far: New stories from the Asia-Pacific region' edited by David Carlin and Francesca Rendle-Short

Sara Savage

At the 2016 Melbourne Writers Festival, Maxine Beneba Clarke received a standing ovation for her opening address in which she pushed for greater diversity in literature. ‘Something ...More

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