What Am I Reading?

Freyja and the Brisingamen Necklace – J.C. Enno

Based on Norse mythology, the children’s book Freyja and the Brisingamen Necklace (self-published by J. C. Enno) is an enchanting and engaging tale of adventure, destiny and courage. When her twin brother succumbs to a mysterious disease that threatens all the...

Eggshell Skull – Bri Lee

I confess I bought Eggshell Skull ( Allen & Unwin Books 2018) way back in winter when I heard Bri Lee speak at the Maleny Celebration of Books, and then I brought it home and in the months since, it has sat on my bedside table, in my TBR pile, its very beautiful but...

A Superior Spectre – Angela Meyer

I had heard good things about Angela Meyer’s debut novel, A Superior Spectre (Ventura Press 2018 Peter Bishop) but wasn’t quite sure what to expect – the blurb sounded like some strange genre-bending blend of historical fiction and science fiction. Two points:...

The Word – William Lane

The Word (Transit Lounge 2018) is the first book I’ve read by author William Lane, although he has published three previous novels and is also a literary critic specialising in the work of Christina Stead. This interest in words and what they mean becomes the subject...

Hexenhaus – Nikki McWatters

Hexenhaus (UQP 2016) is a fictionalised tale of witchcraft anchored on true events, by author Nikki McWatters, who has woven together three different tales, based on three young women living in very different times. In 1628, after their parents are burnt at the stake...

The Lost Man – Jane Harper

Australian author Jane Harper captivated our attention in 2016 with the publication of her debut novel The Dry, and then eager fans were rewarded with her second novel, Force of Nature. Her latest crime fiction, The Lost Man (Pan Macmillan 2018), is another...

The Yellow House – Emily O’Grady

Emily O'Grady was awarded the The Australian/Vogel Literary Award for her debut novel The Yellow House (Allen & Unwin Books 2018). The story is classified as ‘literary’ because of the emphasis on the development of the characters, and the use of beautiful, descriptive...

Lenny’s Book of Everything – Karen Foxlee

Author Karen Foxlee invents amazing worlds and introduces us to fascinating characters through her absolutely beautiful writing – the words sing off the pages and into your heart. Her latest novel, Lenny’s Book of Everything (Allen & Unwin Books 2018) is a...

Warlight – Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje is a master craftsman of words and from the very opening pages of his latest novel Warlight (Penguin Random House 2018) we feel confident we are in competent hands. It is difficult to review this book without giving away the story, which is complex...

Everything I’ve Never Said – Samantha Wheeler

Every so often, a book comes along that touches your heart in places so tender it hurts. A book that makes you cry because of the frustration and sadness in the world, but also makes you laugh out loud with joy because of small kindnesses and the many sources of...

The Book of Ordinary People – Claire Varley

Claire Varley’s second novel The Book of Ordinary People (Pan Macmillan 2018) is a work of fiction informed by her experience with refugee and asylum seeker communities. In a clever and engaging structure, Varley tells the stories of five ‘ordinary’ people in a series...

Wintering – Krissy Kneen

If Krissy Kneen is not already known as The Literary Chameleon, then she should be. Once again, she has flexed her writing muscle and proven her literary adaptability and diversity with her most recent novel Wintering (Text Publishing 2018). As we have come to expect...