A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove (Sceptre Books 2014) by Fredrik Backman is one of those novels that I somehow missed reading at the time it was released despite it achieving international acclaim and then being made into a movie, and the author since writing another two bestsellers....
The Details – Tegan Bennett Daylight

The Details – Tegan Bennett Daylight

The Details (Scribner 2020) is a slim collection of essays on writing that really packs a punch. Written by Tegan Bennett Daylight and subtitled On Love, Death and Reading, this non-fiction writers’ companion is a thoughtful meditation very much in the vein of one of...
The Animals in That Country – Laura Jean McKay

The Animals in That Country – Laura Jean McKay

The Animals in That Country (Scribe 2020) by Laura Jean McKay is certainly one of the most unusual literary novels you’ll ever read. Set in a recognisable world, but at the time of the appearance of an infectious contagion (sound familiar, anyone?), the book describes...
Damascus – Christos Tsiolkas

Damascus – Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas is heralded as one of Australia’s greatest contemporary storytellers. His works are meticulously researched, his characters carefully crafted and his themes are considered and profound. His latest novel Damascus (Allen and Unwin 2019) is on many...
The Rich Man’s House – Andrew McGahan

The Rich Man’s House – Andrew McGahan

Andrew McGahan was one of Australia’s most talented writers and one of Queensland’s favourite sons. His death in 2019 at age 52 was a great loss to the literary community and to his legions of dedicated fans. His work was varied and always changing – from literary to...
The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne

The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne

The Heart’s Invisible Furies (Penguin Random House 2017) by John Boyne is an absolutely unputdownable novel: tense storytelling, unforgettable characters, moving and poignant themes and a plot that never lets up, despite spanning seven decades. This tender and...