September 2016, issue no. 384

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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Sophia Barnes reviews 'The Convict's Daughter' by Keira Lindsey

Sophia Barnes

In the opening pages of Keira Lindsey's fictionalised history, The Convict's Daughter, a young 'currency lass' named Mary Ann Gill makes her precarious way to the third-floor ...< More

Dean Biron reviews 'One' by Patrick Holland

Dean Biron

The work of Brisbane-based author Patrick Holland is reputedly influenced by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, whose Tabula Rasa cemented his standing ...

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Chris Flynn reviews 'The Dry' by Jane Harper

Chris Flynn

There is an odd moment halfway through The Dry when Aaron Falk, the Federal Police officer unofficially investigating the apparent murder–suicide of the Hadler family ...

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Dion Kagan reviews 'What Belongs To You' by Garth Greenwell

Dion Kagan

In the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, an expat American teacher goes down into the subterranean bathroom beneath the National Palace of Culture, a known beat. There he encounters ...

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Joel Deane reviews 'Comfort Zone' by Lindsay Tanner

Joel Deane

I interviewed Lindsay Tanner once, back in 2012. Tanner was sixteen months retired from political life, and I had come seeking insight into the workings of the Victorian ...

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Josephine Taylor reviews 'Our Tiny, Useless Hearts' by Toni Jordan

Josephine Taylor

It is the morning after a husband's affair has been discovered, and the house is in chaos: the opening to Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (1877) is deliberately evoked in Toni ...

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Lucas Smith reviews 'Asylum' by John Hughes

Lucas Smith

Two doors, two characters, two colours – black and white – produce a surfeit of grey in John Hughes's short allegorical novel Asylum. Featuring a variety of forms ...

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