What Am I Reading?

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...

The Hunter (and Other Stories of Men) – David Cohen

The Hunter (and Other Stories of Men) (Transit Lounge 2018) is a quirky and engaging collection of short stories by David Cohen, who gave us the memorable, very funny and rather odd novel Disappearing Off the Face of the Earth. In The Hunter, we are indeed given a...

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Holly Ringland

Holly Ringland’s debut novel, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (HarperCollins 2018) is a complex and many-layered narrative in which the reader can sense the gravitas of the research underpinning the story. The author’s depiction of place – of landscape, environment,...

The Geography of Friendship – Sally Piper

A gripping mystery, a thoughtful portrait of friendship, and a love song to the natural world. Sally Piper describes her new novel The Geography of Friendship (UQP 2018) as a story about female friendships, bushwalking and predatory men, and that is indeed what she...

The Legacy of Beauregarde – Rosa Fedele

This story, set in 1990, begins with a For Sale advertisement for The Seminary, built in 1877 as a Catholic church, but now a dilapidated Sydney landmark, vacant for the last 20 years, an extraordinary structure steeped in history but ‘in need of complete renovation’....

Writers on Writers: Erik Jensen on Kate Jennings

In this series of slim hardback books, an author is asked to write about another author that has inspired and fascinated them. In this edition of Writers on Writers (Black Inc Publishing 2017), Erik Jensen (founding editor of The Saturday Paper) introduces us to the...

In Danger: A Memoir of Family and Hope – Josepha Dietrich

In Danger: A Memoir of Family and Hope (UQP 2018) is confronting right from the cover – an arresting image of the author, Josie Dietrich, proudly exhibiting her post-cancer body, as a warrior might display her battle scars. Arrows point to her portacath site, and to...

The Ruin – Dervla McTiernan

Fans of Emma Viskic,Jane Harper or Katherine Howell have a new author to look forward to: Dervla McTiernan. This Irish / Australian writer’s debut novel The Ruin (HarperCollins 2018) introduces us to Cormac Reilly, an Irish Garda (policeman) and I predict he will...

Foster – Claire Keegan

Foster (Faber & Faber 2010) is a novella by Claire Keegan, a writer widely acclaimed for her short stories in which she displays acuity and insightful engagement through piercing brevity and sharp observation. In Foster, which won the Davy Byrnes Award, we meet a...

One Italian Summer – Pip Williams

There are a lot of memoirs out there about women ‘finding themselves’ through travel and new experiences, and sometimes they all seem to blend into one big ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ combination. So it is very refreshing to read a memoir that is sharply observant, touchingly...

Pond – Claire-Louise Bennett

Pond (Riverhead Books 2015) is the debut novel of Irish author Claire-Louise Bennett. This compact book is really a collection of short stories, each with the same female narrator at its heart. We never learn her name, and the details of her life are sketched with the...