Checkout 19 – Claire-Louise Bennett

Checkout 19 – Claire-Louise Bennett

Checkout 19 (Penguin Random House 2021) is the much anticipated second book from Irish/British author Claire-Louise Bennett after her acclaimed short story collection Pond. In this highly literary novel, praised by Anne Enright and Roddy Doyle, Bennett writes in a...
If Not Us – Mark Smith

If Not Us – Mark Smith

John F Kennedy’s famous quote ‘If not us, who? If not now, when?’ is the perfect epigraph – sitting alongside the words of Greta Thunberg – for the latest YA novel by Mark Smith, If Not Us (Text Publishing 2021). Smith is known for his Road to Winter trilogy of young...
Fury – Kathryn Heyman

Fury – Kathryn Heyman

Kathryn Heyman is furious, and she has channelled over 30 years of that emotion into her memoir Fury (Allen and Unwin 2021), a confronting, powerful and triumphant story of abuse, poverty, class and ultimately, the joy of knowing your true self and what you are...
The Shadow House – Anna Downes

The Shadow House – Anna Downes

From Anna Downes, the acclaimed author of The Safe Place, comes another contemporary psychological thriller The Shadow House (Affirm Press 2021). This disturbing novel features contemporary themes with gothic – perhaps even supernatural – overtones in a page-turning...
The Others – Mark Brandi

The Others – Mark Brandi

Mark Brandi’s eagerly anticipated third novel The Others (Hachette 2021) is another genre-bending mix of crime, literary fiction and suspense. The story is told in the form of a diary written by 11-year-old Jacob, who lives with his father on the farm with the sheep,...
The Newcomer – Laura Elizabeth Woollett

The Newcomer – Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Laura Elizabeth Woollett is an extraordinary writer and I loved her previous book, Beautiful Revolutionary. Her latest novel The Newcomer (Scribe 2021) is painful, exquisite, confronting, authentic and compelling reading. I have some concern that this book is...