Second Sight – Aoife Clifford

Second Sight – Aoife Clifford

Second Sight (Simon and Schuster 2018), the second crime novel by Irish/Australian writer Aoife Clifford, is set in an Australian country town where everybody knows everybody else and they all remember their past shared histories. Lawyer Eliza Carmody is back in...
Butterfly Yellow – Thanhha Lai

Butterfly Yellow – Thanhha Lai

Butterfly Yellow (UQP 2020) by Vietnamese / American Thanhha Lai is an extraordinary own voices story of the trauma of a refugee combined with the unlikely friendship between two young people. Inspired by the author’s own experience of being a refugee, this YA novel...
Desire Lines – Felicity Volk

Desire Lines – Felicity Volk

Desire Lines (Hachette 2020) is an epic, sweeping drama spanning more than half a century by author Felicity Volk. Featuring a lifelong relationship between Paddy O’Connor and Evie Waddell, this is a love story that transcends time, place and circumstances. In...
How to Grow a Family Tree – Eliza Henry Jones

How to Grow a Family Tree – Eliza Henry Jones

Eliza Henry Jones is an author who knows how to delve deep into the human condition and explore those confronting, emotional issues that shadow every family in a different way. In her new YA novel How to Grow A Family Tree (Angus and Robertson 2020), she once again...
The Gift – Lewis Hyde

The Gift – Lewis Hyde

The Gift is a non-fiction book first published by Lewis Hyde in 1979; my edition was published by Canongate Books in 2012. With a foreword by Margaret Atwood, who calls it quite simply ‘a masterpiece’, The Gift is a treatise on ‘How the Creative Spirit Transforms the...