Australian Fiction reviews

A Solitary Walk on the Moon by Hilde Hinton

A Solitary Walk on the Moon is one of those rare and lovely books that instantly transports you into its pages, where what seems a deceptively simple premise for a story unfurls into a rich and compl…

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Other Houses by Paddy O’Reilly

Other Houses is a beautifully nuanced book about hardship, family and the impossible decisions some people are faced with, especially when they’re living from one pay cheque to the next.

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Sadvertising by Ennis Ćehić

In the pages of Ennis Ćehić’s debut, Sadvertising, you’ll find a kaleidoscope of stories and perspectives, each an intriguing reflection of our own perplexing modern reality, rendered in a combinatio…

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Australiana by Yumna Kassab

This is Yumna Kassab’s second novel and, as the name suggests, it is a collection of stories and ideas from an assembly of characters that together represent a narrative of rural Australia. Like a ka…

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Loveland by Robert Lukins

Loveland is a gentle and compassionate read written by an author who understands how to hold the secrets of the story close. Here, in his second novel, Robert Lukins explores women’s lives and the im…

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Goodnight, Vivienne, Goodnight by Steven Carroll

This is the final novel in Steven Carroll’s series based on T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. Carroll hadn’t intended to write a quartet but after the publication of the first book, The Lost Life, a chanc…

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Son of Sin by Omar Sakr

Omar Sakr won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for poetry in 2020 for his collection The Lost Arabs, and this is his first major work of fiction. Son of Sin follows a young gay man navigating his …

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A Great Hope by Jessica Stanley

Every so often a novel comes along with a magic, broad appeal; an inevitable conversation starter. Jessica Stanley’s A Great Hope is that kind of magic novel; a literary, multi-generational family sa…

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Cold Enough for Snow by Jessica Au

A woman and her mother are travelling through Japan in late October. Under a perpetual mist of light rain, they visit galleries and temples, think about art, reminisce about their family’s history in…

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The Furies by Mandy Beaumont

In Mandy Beaumont’s debut novel, the vengeance of the mythological Greek Furies is wrought upon an Australian outback town. Cynthia – Cyn – was 16 when her younger sister, Mallory, was killed and her…

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