What Am I Reading?

The Killing of Louisa – Janet Lee

The Killing of Louisa (UQP 2018), a reimagined retelling of the true crime case of Louisa Collins, the last woman hanged in New South Wales in 1889, won the Emerging Author category in the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards for writer Janet Lee. This is a highly readable...

The Apology – Ross Watkins

The Apology (UQP 2018), the debut novel by Ross Watkins, is a mesmerising psychological suspense family drama that explores memory – what we choose to remember, what we choose to forget and what we decide to reframe – and navigates the difficult territory of childhood...

Too Much Lip – Melissa Lucashenko

Wow. I finished reading Too Much Lip (UQP 2018) by Goorie author Melissa Lucashenko, and have spent yesterday and today fiddling around with this review, adding bits here and there, trying to get it right and not feeling very successful. This is a hard review to...

A Necessary Murder – MJ Tjia

What do you get if you cross a female Sherlock Holmes with Hercule Poirot, and add a dash of Erast Fandorin? Intrepid sleuth and high-class courtesan Heloise Chancey returns to her adventures in A Necessary Murder (Pantera Press 2018), the second novel in this mystery...

We’ll Show the World Expo 88 – Jackie Ryan

It is so rare to find a non-fiction book that delivers everything you want in terms of information, whilst also having an engaging narrative. Debut author Jackie Ryan has given us such a book in We’ll Show the World Expo 88 (UQP 2018). With a subtitle of ‘Brisbane’s...

What Will Be Worn – Melissa Fagan

Memoir is a slippery beast, necessarily reliant on the perspective of the one telling the story, and forged by memories and recollections that are individual and personal, and therefore by their very nature destined to be only one person’s account of a collective...

The Lace Weaver – Lauren Chater

The Lace Weaver (Simon & Schuster 2018), the debut novel by Lauren Chater, begins: ‘They say Estonia has five seasons. Bitter winter. Pale spring. Autumn, when the forests are carpeted with mushrooms. Summer, with its blue cloudless skies and rich harvest of fruit....

Sweet Adversity – Sheryl Gwyther

In Sweet Adversity (HarperCollins 2018) by Sheryl Gwyther - Children's Author, we meet 12-year-old Adversity McAllister, a plucky heroine with a melodious voice and a feisty personality. Abandoned at an orphanage during the Depression years after her parents were...

Less – Andrew Sean Greer

Less (Lee Boudreaux Books 2017) by Andrew Sean Greer is a wonderful, light-hearted tale that is laugh-out-loud funny but also very moving and poignant. Arthur Less is a failed novelist. About to turn 50 and attempting to avoid having to attend (as a guest) the wedding...

No Point in Stopping – Samuel Maguire

Samuel Maguire’s debut No Point in Stopping (Tiny Owl Workshop 2018) is a memoir novella, a compact, taut piece of writing that is simple and unpretentious, and probably one of the best insights into mental illness I have read. His words and depictions make sense; I...

Beneath the Mother Tree – DM Cameron

Beneath the Mother Tree (MidnightSun Publishing 2018), the debut novel by DM Cameron, is an absorbing and magical tale of rich Irish mythology braided with Indigenous history and language. The story flies, dream-like, through fantastical possibilities whilst remaining...

Traumata – Meera Atkinson

Traumata (UQP 2018) is an important work of non-fiction that traverses the notion of trauma from every angle – physical, psychological, emotional, historical, intergenerational and inherited. Author Meera Atkinson delves deep into her own personal story and the legacy...