What Am I Reading?

Rivers: The Lifeblood of Australia – Ian Hoskins

Rivers: The Lifeblood of Australia – Ian Hoskins

Just in time for Christmas ideas for the nature lovers in your life is this stunning, hardcover book Rivers – The Lifeblood of Australia (National Library of Australia 2020), by award-winning author Ian Hoskins. Filled with gorgeous photographs, maps, old black and...

Flyaway – Kathleen Jennings

Flyaway – Kathleen Jennings

Oh, what a strange and wonderful gothic novella is Flyaway (Picador 2020) by debut author Kathleen Jennings. The prose in this magical story is beautiful, evocative, and endlessly fascinating. It reads like a fairy tale or a fable, a myth or a legend. Set in outback...

Trust – Chris Hammer

Trust – Chris Hammer

Mention Australian crime noir and the name Chris Hammer comes to the fore. His best-seller debut novel Scrublands and the sequel Silver have sold more than 285 000 copies internationally. Fans have been waiting patiently for the third book in the series, Trust (Allen...

Wherever You Go – Monique Mulligan

Wherever You Go – Monique Mulligan

Wherever You Go (Pilyara Press 2020), Monique Mulligan’s debut novel, is a story of romance and friendship, heartbreak and hope, guilt and grief. A light and easy to read book featuring food at its heart, it also traverses deeper themes as two people attempt to save...

Love, Clancy: A dog’s letters home – Richard Glover

Love, Clancy: A dog’s letters home – Richard Glover

Many of you will be familiar with Richard Glover’s regular column in The Sydney Morning Herald (well, actually it’s written by his dog, Clancy, but Richard facilitates its publication). You may know him from ABC Radio. Or you may have read his hilarious but also...

Broken Rules and Other Stories – Barry Lee Thompson

Broken Rules and Other Stories – Barry Lee Thompson

The short story collection Broken Rules and Other Stories (Transit Lounge 2020) may be Barry Lee Thompson’s debut but many of the included stories have won awards or competitions or been shortlisted or published elsewhere. The overarching themes of the book relate to...

Life, Bound – Marian Matta

Life, Bound – Marian Matta

Life, Bound (Midnight Sun 2020) is an eclectic collection of short stories by Marian Matta featuring characters sometimes stuck in old habits and constrained by past events, sometimes challenged by obstacles or situations thrown unexpectedly into their paths, and...

All Our Shimmering Skies – Trent Dalton

All Our Shimmering Skies – Trent Dalton

Those of you who are parents of more than one will know that feeling when your second child is about to arrive and you cannot imagine you will love them any more than you love your first. For Trent Dalton fans, it will be difficult to envisage feeling as much for...

Sorrow and Bliss – Meg Mason

Sorrow and Bliss – Meg Mason

As soon as I heard Meg Mason’s new novel described as ‘Fleabag in a book’, I knew I wanted to read Sorrow and Bliss (4th Estate Harper Collins 2020). And this sharp, darkly hilarious, endlessly insightful writing, this heart-breaking dissection of a marriage, this...

Cherry Beach – Laura McPhee Browne

Cherry Beach – Laura McPhee Browne

Cherry Beach (Text Publishing 2020) is the debut novel by author Laura McPhee-Browne and will appeal to readers of Ronnie Scott (The Adversary), Madeleine Watts (The Inland Sea) and Luke Horton (The Fogging). This quite beautifully written, meditative, inward-looking,...

Weather – Jenny Offhill

Weather – Jenny Offhill

Weather (Granta Publications 2020) by American author Jenny Offill is the delightful book that I’ve been quoting from all week on Twitter. Somewhere between Max Porter and George Saunders and our own clever Laura Elvery, Offill imbues every sentence with a...

Bluebird – Malcolm Knox

Bluebird – Malcolm Knox

Bluebird (Allen and Unwin 2020), the new novel by Australian author Malcolm Knox, is a sharp, keenly observed, brilliantly funny tour-de-force that unpacks masculinity and the complicated relationships of families through the examination of long-held secrets, complex...