August 2017, issue no. 393

Barnaby Smith reviews 'The Bricks That Built Houses' by Kate Tempest

Barnaby Smith

Kate Tempest's début is the expansion of a story she threaded through her 2014 album of protest hip-hop, Everybody Down. In its transformation to novel form ...

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Piri Eddy reviews 'The Sound' by Sarah Drummond

Piri Eddy

The Sound begins with the memory of loss, of shorelines marked with blood, and the acrid stench of charred flesh – a massacre wrought by colonial men with guns ...

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Thuy On reviews 'The Paper House' by Anna Spargo-Ryan

Thuy On

The Paper House begins benignly, even buoyantly, with a recently married couple, a new house, and the stirrings of pregnancy. But the intense grief that suddenly ...

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Anthony Lynch reviews 'The Wisdom Tree: Five novellas' by Nick Earls

Anthony Lynch

In the final novella of Nick Earls's quintet The Wisdom Tree, a benign security guard, Wanda, misquotes Tolstoy: 'No family is perfect. But each family isn't perfect in its own .. More

Shannon Burns reviews 'Dying in the First Person' by Nike Sulway

Shannon Burns

During boyhood, Samuel and his twin brother, Morgan, invent and in a sense inhabit a world and language called 'Nahum'. Years later – after a family tragedy ...

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Andrea Goldsmith reviews 'Shylock Is My Name' by Howard Jacobson

Andrea Goldsmith

Shylock Is My Name is the second novel to appear in Hogarth Press's Shakespeare Project. In this series, eight well-known novelists have each been commissioned to retell ...

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Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'After the Carnage' by Tara June Winch

Kerryn Goldsworthy

Tara June Winch's first and only other book to date, a series of linked stories called Swallow the Air, was written while she was pregnant with her daughter Lila ...

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Fiona Wright reviews 'The Easy Way Out' by Steven Amsterdam

Fiona Wright

For a novel about death – assisted dying, more specifically – The Easy Way Out is incredibly funny. Steven Amsterdam has a wry sense of humour, which is always ...

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Laurie Steed reviews 'The Toymaker' by Liam Pieper

Laurie Steed

Liam Pieper has been making quite a name for himself in recent years. He published his début memoir, The Feel Good Hit of the Year, to acclaim in 2014. He followed this ...

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Dean Biron reviews 'Black Teeth' by Zane Lovitt

Dean Biron

Like James M. Cain's 1943 novella Double Indemnity – better known from Billy Wilder's influential film version of the following year – Black Teeth begins with a dubious ...

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