Australian Fiction reviews

Heart of the Grass Tree by Molly Murn

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

Before Nell died, she knew she needed to record a story, a story she had found very hard to share, a story that stretches back before her time. After Nell dies, her daughter to whom she said little, …

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The Year of the Beast by Steven Carroll

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

We have certain expectations of a novel, don’t we? We read to take a journey that we cannot influence. We want to be swept along and if, by the means of our reading, we learn more about our humanity …

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Fusion by Kate Richards

Reviewed by Michael McLoughlin

Conjoined twins Sea and Serene live in an isolated shack in the Australian Alps with Wren, the young man who cares for them. Up among the snow gums they grow their own vegetables and ferment their ow…

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Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare

Reviewed by Hilary Simmons

Novels with fragmented narratives are not for everyone – but with the rise of psychological thrillers such as Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, they’re becoming increasingly popular. Fragmented st…

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Into the Fire by Sonia Orchard

Reviewed by Annie Condon

A literary trend I’m enjoying very much is the novel focusing on the tribulations of female friendship. Think Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet; Marlena by Julie Buntin; The Burning Girl by Claire …

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Preservation by Jock Serong

Reviewed by Alison Huber

A little-known (though maybe soon-to-be-well-known) historical event forms the basis for Jock Serong’s latest novel, Preservation.

Using the 1797 shipwreck of the Sydney Cove off the coast of Preser…

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The Fragments by Toni Jordan

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Toni Jordan’s latest novel, The Fragments, holds within its pages a fable-like fervour for the written word. Using parallel stories which both have the theme of loss at their core, Jordan has created…

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The Butcherbird Stories by A.S. Patrić

Reviewed by Caitlin Cassidy

A.S. Patrić won the Miles Franklin Award in 2016 for his debut novel, Black Rock White City. His latest book, The Butcherbird Stories, is a collection of eleven stories that confirm his craftsmanship…

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Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Reviewed by Sharon Peterson

I have sold hundreds of Liane Moriarty books in my time at Readings, but I hadn’t read one myself until a friend suggested I read Truly, Madly, Guilty. I was instantly hooked! Like all Moriarty fans,…

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Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Markus Zusak’s previous book, The Book Thief, first published in 2005, has spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into over forty languages, has been made…

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