Dragon Skin – Karen Foxlee

Dragon Skin – Karen Foxlee

Every story that multi award-winning author Karen Foxlee creates brims with magic, heart and beauty, and features young people with big dreams, challenging obstacles and a knack for discovering parts of themselves they never knew existed. Her latest middle-grade...
Falling – T.J. Newman

Falling – T.J. Newman

Falling (Simon and Schuster 2021) by T.J. Newman is an absolutely edge of your seat, runaway thriller with a knock-out premise and knife-edge anxiety. Written with inside aviation knowledge (the author was a flight attendant), Falling is the ultimate hostage/terrorist...
After Story – Larissa Behrendt

After Story – Larissa Behrendt

Larissa Behrendt’s novel After Story (UQP 2021) is a blending of narratives, styles and themes, with appeal to those who love the traditions of English literature such as Shakespeare and Austen, and equally those who want to learn more about First Nations history. It...
Please Don’t Hug Me – Kay Kerr

Please Don’t Hug Me – Kay Kerr

I heard author Kay Kerr read an extract from her debut novel Please Don’t Hug Me (Text 2020) before it was published, at an Avid Reader event for author Graeme Simsion. She read the part about driving (straight through) a roundabout during a driving test and it was...
The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

A compulsive, page-turning psychological thriller, the New York Times bestselling book The Silent Patient (Orion Hachette 2019) by Alex Michaelides has sold over a million copies. This is an engrossing and immersive story about a psychotherapist and the patient who...
Wild Abandon – Emily Bitto

Wild Abandon – Emily Bitto

There are so many wonderful aspects to Emily Bitto’s novel Wild Abandon (Allen and Unwin 2021). She is a writer in complete control of her words and of the story. Every sentence is carefully crafted. This is a novel about endangered wildlife, capitalism, war,...