Australian Fiction reviews

Wintering by Krissy Kneen

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

Jessica is a PhD candidate living in southernmost Tasmania, studying the activity of the glow worms that inhabit Winter Cave, an untouched haven she discovered herself. Aside from study and work, Jes…

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Man Out of Time by Stephanie Bishop

Reviewed by Alison Huber

Stephanie Bishop took themes of nostalgia, memory and migration and made them her own in her stunning 2015 Readings Prize-winning novel, The Other Side of the World. Bishop’s third novel, Man Out of

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The Helpline by Katherine Collette

Reviewed by Sharon Peterson

Earlier this year I attended a bookseller’s conference, where, in one session, two authors had to present a Gruen-like pitch for their forthcoming novels. The winner was Melbourne-based author Kather…

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A Superior Spectre by Angela Meyer

Reviewed by Tristen Kiri Brudy

In the near future, Jeff is dying. Haunted by his dark past and current deterioration, he abandons Melbourne, and his long-suffering partner Faye, for the relative remoteness of Scotland. Once there,…

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Beautiful Revolutionary by Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Reviewed by Susan Stevenson

It is hard to imagine a society so disillusioned it could be seduced by a character like Jim Jones – and hard to believe someone could be as charismatic as he obviously was. In order to write Beautif

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The Book of Ordinary People by Claire Varley

Reviewed by Sharon Peterson

Set in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, The Book of Ordinary People by Claire Varley is simply, as the title suggests, a book about ordinary people. It follows the separate stories of five strange…

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The Biographer’s Lover by Ruby J. Murray

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

If you enjoyed the recent work of Gail Jones, this novel about the worth of art, set in Melbourne’s north and Geelong, will also delight you. I loved to read about the brick terrace in Carlton, the a…

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Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko

Reviewed by George Delaney

Melissa Lucashenko’s last novel, Mullumbimby, opened me up to a conversation about feminism, culture and land rights that has stayed with me for years, so I was excited to read her new book. Too Much

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Inappropriation by Lexi Freiman

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

Ziggy Klein is fifteen years old, and has just left her comfortable, Jewish high school for the chaos of the uber prestigious Kandara Girls School, where Sydney’s elite send their teenagers. Surround…

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Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Boy Swallows Universe moved me deeply, in the same way Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief or Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time did. Perhaps it’s because the character observa…

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