October 2017, issue no. 395

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

Francesca Sasnaitis
28 October 2016

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
28 October 2016

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
28 October 2016

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 ...

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

Ann-Marie Priest
28 October 2016

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
28 October 2016

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 ...

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

Fiona Wright
24 October 2016

‘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
24 October 2016

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
24 October 2016

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

Kevin Rabalais reviews Penguin’s new library of New Zealand Classics

Kevin Rabalais
24 October 2016

At the outbreak of World War II, the British novelist Anna Kavan began a journey around the world that brought her, ultimately, to New Zealand. Her two years there in a ...

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Alice Bishop reviews 'Fine' by Michelle Wright

Alice Bishop
26 September 2016

All thirty-three short stories in Michelle Wright's Fine echo the powdery residue and hairline fractures printed on the cover. Silt and grit and cinders: Wright writes of people navigating ...

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