Australian Fiction reviews

Dancing Home by Paul Collis

Reviewed by Deborah Crabtree

Fresh out of prison and driven by a hunger for drugs, revenge, and a hankering to reconnect with his grandmother’s country, Blackie embarks on a road trip back to Wiradjuri country. Along for the rid…

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First Person by Richard Flanagan

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

Probably Australia’s largest fraud case involved John Friedrich, executive director of the National Safety Council of Australia. Friedrich embezzled almost $300 million from a number of banks through…

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The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

I have to be honest – this is the first time I’ve ever read Michelle de Kretser. She is one of those names in Australian literature who has been on my mental ‘to read’ list for quite some time. I’m g…

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Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Reviewed by Nina Kenwood

Jane Harper’s The Dry was the book of 2016. An Australian debut that grabbed everyone’s attention, it won awards, hit the top of bestseller lists, and captured a Hollywood movie deal in the process. …

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Soon by Lois Murphy

Reviewed by Michael McLoughlin

A fleet of forebodingly official-looking vehicles arrives one winter solstice in the West Australian town of Nebulah. The vehicles disappear as mysteriously as they appeared, and with them go the bir…

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Rain Birds by Harriet McKnight

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

Pina and Alan have lived in Boney Point, a town in rural East Gippsland, for decades. When Alan develops early-onset dementia, the fiercely independent Pina struggles to give up her life to care for …

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Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman

Reviewed by Suzanne Steinbruckner

Claire G. Coleman’s Terra Nullius is a retelling of Australia’s colonial settlement, but not in any way you’ve read it before. Told from both native and settler perspectives, and weaving past and fan…

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A New England Affair by Steven Carroll

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Once upon a time T.S. Eliot (Tom), considered one of the most influential playwrights and poets of modern times, wrote: ‘I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope/ For hope would be hope for…

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City of Crows by Chris Womersley

Reviewed by Deborah Crabtree

It was during the reign of King Louis XIV that the Affair of the Poisons transpired, scandalising seventeenth-century France. Many members of the aristocracy were implicated, hundreds of people were …

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The Last Days of Jeanne d'Arc by Ali Alizadeh

Reviewed by Freya Howarth

Ali Alizadeh blends historical research and poetic sensibilities to imagine Jeanne d’Arc’s life, moving between her imprisonment and execution at the hands of the English, her heroic exploits and her…

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