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Emergency Exit Only – Michelle Upton

Emergency Exit Only – Michelle Upton

Michelle Upton’s Emergency Exit Only (Harper Collins 2023) is the perfect summer beach read: light-hearted, full of warmth and wit, and imaginative, it is the stuff dreams are made of (literally). A local Brisbane author, part of Upton’s charm is that she writes about...

Stone Yard Devotional – Charlotte Wood

Stone Yard Devotional – Charlotte Wood

Sometimes a book comes to you at exactly the right time. Stone Yard Devotional (Allen and Unwin 2023) by award-winning author Charlotte Wood was for me a profound and affecting story that I didn’t know I needed, at a difficult time. Meditative, sharply observed, wise...

Red, White and Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

Red, White and Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

The New York Times Bestseller Red, White and Royal Blue (Macmillan Publishers 2019) by Casey McQuiston is a contemporary, queer, funny romance between Alex, the First Son of the (female) US President and HRH Henry, heir to the UK throne. In this absolutely delightful,...

Edenglassie – Melissa Lucashenko

Edenglassie – Melissa Lucashenko

Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Melissa Lucashenko’s most recent novel Edenglassie (UQP 2023) is in my opinion her best yet, a true masterpiece of historical and contemporary timelines woven together into a powerful story of love and brutality, and all the...

The Bone Hacker – Kathy Reichs

The Bone Hacker – Kathy Reichs

Full disclosure: I am not a particular Kathy Reichs fan, despite the fact that she is an internationally bestselling author of 22 novels. And so my review of her latest, The Bone Hacker (Simon and Schuster 2023) is coloured by my bias. I do realise, however, that...

Gunflower – Laura Jean McKay

Gunflower – Laura Jean McKay

Talented author Laura Jean McKay stunned and polarised readers with her award-winning debut novel The Animals in that Country, so there has been great anticipation for her debut short story collection, Gunflower (Scribe 2023). These stories will bemuse, confuse, and...

Tom Lake – Ann Patchett

Tom Lake – Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is one of my favourite writers, both her fiction and her poignant essays. Her latest novel, however, Tom Lake (Bloomsbury Publishing 2023) missed the mark a little for me. This is not to say it is not an outstanding piece of writing – I don’t think...

The Naturalist of Amsterdam – Melissa Ashley

The Naturalist of Amsterdam – Melissa Ashley

Brisbane author Melissa Ashley has made a name for herself with novels that reimagine or rediscover the lives of women overlooked by history, giving these women a voice and a life supported by meticulous research and an attention to detail that breathes authenticity...

Manhattan Dreaming – Anita Heiss

Manhattan Dreaming – Anita Heiss

Wiradyuri author Anita Heiss has recently re-released her earlier works, and Manhattan Dreaming (Simon and Schuster 2010) has had a contemporary revision which maintains its relevance as a light-hearted romantic comedy combined with a powerful Koori protagonist forced...

Big Weird Lonely Hearts – Allen C. Jones

Big Weird Lonely Hearts – Allen C. Jones

I really enjoyed Allen C. Jones’ debut novel so what a delight to read his debut short story collection Big Weird Lonely Hearts (Midnight Sun Publishing 2023), available by pre-order now for release in November. My recent reading of George Saunders’ interpretation of...

Lucy by the Sea – Elizabeth Strout

Lucy by the Sea – Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout’s spare and detailed writing, her careful observations, her evocative descriptions, her layered characters and their authentic dialogue contribute to making her one of my very favourite authors. Lucy by the Sea (Penguin Random House 2022) follows the...