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The Everlasting Sunday – Robert Lukins

Robert Lukins’ debut novel The Everlasting Sunday (UQP 2018) is a literary delight, a story comprised of poetry, a celebration of the rhythm of language. Set in the coldest winter on record in England in 1962, the novel takes place in Goodwin Manor, a home for boys...

The Way Back – Kylie Ladd

At the heart of The Way Back (Allen & Unwin Books 2017), a novel by Kylie Ladd, is a terrible crime: while out horse riding, thirteen-year-old Charlie goes missing in bushland; her horse Tic-Tac arrives back at the stables without her. Four months later, after...

The Fifth Letter – Nicola Moriarty

‘Women’s fiction’ (aka ‘domestic fiction’ or ‘chick lit’) is the genre to which we turn when we want real life stories about real people facing realistic situations, told with a tongue-in-cheek sense of the absurd moments that arise out of everyday occurrences. That...

The Book of Dirt – Bram Presser

The cover of The Book of Dirt (Text Publishing 2017), the debut novel by Bram Presser, features a ring – a plain gold band – surrounded by a small pile of dirt. The ring – and the dirt – may look inconsequential, but in fact both represent significant themes of...

The Three of Us – Kim Lock

Author Kim Lock writes novels that examine the turbulent gamut of human emotions and challenge our sense of the dichotomies of right and wrong, of good and bad. She takes situations and twists them into something new and unusual; she creates circumstances that test...

Why You are Australian: A Letter to My Children – Nikki Gemmell

Nikki Gemmell is an Australian writer and commentator. For many years, she and her husband and their three children lived the expat life overseas, in the United Kingdom. In this memoir, entitled Why You are Australian: A Letter to My Children (4th Estate Books...

In the Midst of Winter – Isabel Allende

The title comes from the words of French philosopher Albert Camus: ‘In the midst of winter, I finally found there was within me an invincible summer’, and it is so very apt, because the characters in this latest novel by Isabel Allende are all – in one way or another...

The Ninth Hour – Alice McDermott

Sometimes I read a book that is so exquisitely written that I simultaneously feel envious of the author’s ability and optimistically hopeful about the art of writing. The Ninth Hour (Bloomsbury Publishing Australia 2017), by Alice McDermott, is a book of such quiet...

Wimmera – Mark Brandi

Wimmera (Hachette Australia Books 2017), the debut novel for Mark Brandi, is a short, simple, perfectly-crafted tale that captures the mood of small-town Australia while exploring a secret and a crime that lie hidden there. In 1989, best friends Ben and Fab spend the...

The Sisters’ Song – Louise Allan

The Sister’s Song (Allen & Unwin Books 2018), the debut novel for Louise Allan, is an historical fiction tale about the strength of family, the friendship of sisters, and the dichotomy of parenthood (and more particularly, motherhood) – what we gain and what we...

Sold – Blair Denholm

Sold (Clan Destine Press 2017) is the debut novel for Blair Denholm. Set in the seedy heart of Queensland’s Gold Coast, the novel’s protagonist is the hapless used car salesman turned real estate agent, Gary Braswell. Gary is a thoroughly flawed character: he’s an...

Atlantic Black – A.S. Patric

Alec Patric (A.S. Patric) won the Miles Franklin for his novel Black Rock, White City, and this next book – Atlantic Black (Transit Lounge 2017) – is another literary wonder that transports us to a particular time and place, and into the mind of a specific character....