What Am I Reading?

Mine – Susi Fox

Mine (Penguin Books 2018) is the debut psychological thriller by Australian writer Susi Fox, and it is a gripping story that strikes at the heart of the worst fears of a new parent. Sasha Moloney awakes after an emergency caesarean to find herself alone and...

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

Sometimes you begin reading the first page of a novel and immediately feel immersed in the story, not as if it is being told to you, but rather that you have become an integral part of the story itself. Little Fires Everywhere (Little, Brown 2017) by Celeste Ng is...

Home is Nearby – Magdalena McGuire

Home is Nearby (Impress Books 2017), by Magdalena McGuire, is an impressive debut novel about belonging, home, art, relationships, culture and family, all set against the social, political and economic Polish crisis of the 1980’s. Ania leaves her country town for...

First Person – Richard Flanagan

First Person (Knopf Publishing Penguin Random House 2017) by Richard Flanagan follows the publication of his Booker-winning novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. This next book is contemporary and darkly funny, with esoteric overtones that imbue the tale with an...

The Passengers – Eleanor Limprecht

In her novel The Passengers (Allen & Unwin Books 2018), Eleanor Limprecht uses the historical inspiration of the war brides of the 1940’s to deftly weave a tale of two women, both struggling in different ways with their past actions and their sense of identity. Moving...

Entitlement – Jessica White

Entitlement, by Jessica White: Author (Viking Books 2012) is a thoughtful account of a white family felled by grief, mirrored on a much larger scale by the loss of Indigenous people severed from family and country. Eight years earlier, Cate McConville’s beloved...

Trick of the Light – Laura Elvery

A clever short story writer uses each story to immerse readers into a microcosm of a world until we are thoroughly engaged and our hooks have begun to curl into the characters and the setting and the plot, and then as suddenly they wrench us out again, into the open...

My Absolute Darling – Gabriel Tallent

Many superlatives have been used to describe My Absolute Darling (4th Estate HarperCollins 2017) by Gabriel Tallent, not the least of which is Stephen King announcing it as ‘a masterpiece’. This vivid and compelling book, every bit as harrowing as Hanya Yanagihara’s A...

Two Steps Forward – Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist

Two Steps Forward (Text Publishing 2017) is a novel co-written by Graeme Simsion (of The Rosie Project fame) and his partner, Anne Buist. The structure is a simultaneous narrative, both told in first person: one chapter from the perspective of Zoe and alternating...

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...