Australian Fiction reviews

The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

There is nothing ordinary about Deborah Levy’s ne novel, her first since 2016’s Booker Prize-shortlisted Hot Milk. As a result, it isn’t an easy one to condense here, but what I’ll say, with little d…

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The Breeding Season by Amanda Niehaus

Reviewed by Annie Condon

Debut novelist Amanda Niehaus is both a scientist and a writer, and she brings these passions to The Breeding Season. Elise and Dan, a couple in their thirties, experience a late-term pregnancy loss …

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Here Until August: Stories by Josephine Rowe

Reviewed by Georgia Brough

In Here Until August, a young man rows across an azure lake above a sunken town, carrying the ashes of his mother in a biscuit tin; an insular couple weathers an icy Canadian winter, listening to the…

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Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

There is a lyrical sense that is not to be hurried in Lucy Treloar’s writing. She writes you slowly into the world of her novels and you need to spend some time and pay attention. In her first novel,…

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Lucky Ticket by Joey Bui

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

There is nothing quite like reading a wonderful collection of short stories – I believe that the power of fiction to mentally transport us is at its strongest in this shorter, punchier format. Joey B…

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The Old Lie by Claire G. Coleman

Reviewed by Clare Millar

Claire G. Coleman’s debut novel, Terra Nullius, made waves as it was shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize, along with many other awards. This year she’s back with a new science-fiction novel, explor…

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The Pillars by Peter Polites

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

This is Peter Polites’ second novel; his first, Down the Hume, was shortlisted for a NSW Premier’s Literary Award in 2018. We know, therefore, that he is an author who can tell an Australian story. P…

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From Here On, Monsters by Elizabeth Bryer

Reviewed by Gabrielle Williams

The craft of accurately translating another’s work, of getting inside the head of the creator and being as faithful to the original piece as possible, is where this book by debut author Elizabeth Bry…

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Dolores by Lauren Aimee Curtis

Reviewed by Chris Somerville

This very short novel from Lauren Aimee Curtis follows the titular character, Dolores, as she arrives at a remote convent of nuns. She’s sixteen years old, dehydrated, pregnant, and has a lace tablec…

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The Returns by Philip Salom

Reviewed by Tom Davies

Bookselling day in and day out is not what he expected. It is more like dreaming of love and waking on the wrong side of the road.

The Returns centres on Trevor, a quiet, elderly bookseller with a f…

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