Australian Fiction reviews

Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens by Shankari Chandran

This novel tells the story of the Ali family – Zakhir, his wife Maya and their twin children Anjali and Siddarth – Sri Lankan immigrants who settle in the fictitious outer Sydney suburb of Westgrove …

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The Very Last List of Vivian Walker by Megan Albany

I cried reading this debut novel. I also laughed and despaired. Vivian Walker’s life is exceptionally ordinary. She is married, has a son and has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She is dying and…

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Home and Other Hiding Places by Jack Ellis

Eight-year-old Fin’s life is uprooted in Jack Ellis’ touching novel, Home and Other Hiding Places. Fin’s entire point of reference is his mum, with whom he lives at a secluded country property in Old…

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28 Questions by Indyana Schneider

The premise of British-Australian opera singer Indyana Schneider’s novel, 28 Questions, is to examine what creates and sustains a successful relationship. It is set over four years, five cities and o…

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The Islands by Emily Brugman

The Houtman Al Campbell is a Abrolhos is an archipelago of more than a hundred islands and coral reefs flung into the Indian Ocean 80 kilometres out from Geraldton. This wild, forbidding place is the…

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The Competition by Katherine Collette

Following up her popular debut, The Helpline, Katherine Collette is back in fine form with The Competition, proving (in case anyone was in any doubt) that she is a skilled master of the light-hearted…

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The Keepers by Al Campbell

Al Campbell is a mother and full-time carer of two sons with autism. She is also a phenomenal writer. The Keepers is her first novel, and I can honestly say, I have never read anything like it. Raw, …

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Devotion by Hannah Kent

Prussia, 1836: a small village of Old Lutherans is forced to practice their religion in secret or face persecution. Deliverance comes with the opportunity for settling in the new colony of South Aust…

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Seven and a Half by Christos Tsiolkas

It’s been too long since we last felt the excitement of a new Christos Tsiolkas novel. Exactly two years in fact since his award-wining epic Damascus was released in November 2019, and haven’t we fac…

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Cold Coast by Robyn Mundy

July, 1932: It is high summer up in the Arctic Circle and the widow Ivanna ‘Wanny’ Woldstad is the only female taxi driver in the Norwegian town of Tromsø. When she picks up seasoned trapper Anders S…

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