Australian Fiction reviews

The Childhood of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee

When they arrive in the town of Novilla, a child and a man are directed to a building with a large sign in Spanish that reads ‘Resettlement Centre’. The man seems to have had his memory wiped from hi…

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Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko’s latest novel depicts life as equal parts cheerful and heartbreaking, mundane and back-breakingly hard. Jo, recently divorced, moves to an old farm in the Byron Bay hinterland – t…

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We are not the Same Anymore by Chris Somerville

A collection of short stories by Tasmanian-born writer Chris Somerville, We Are Not the Same Anymore reflects upon loss, trauma, memory and isolation. Although each tale is varied, there is a strong …

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion wrote The Rosie Project in the space of just 50 days. According to his blog, he spent 19 days writing the first draft, then 30 days re-writing, before entering and winning the award fo…

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Cat & Fiddle by Lesley Jørgensen

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice seems to be an inexhaustible source of literary rummaging for the writers of today – from Colm Tóibin’s solemn tribute in Brooklyn to P.D. James’ somewhat more tongu…

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Inheritance by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Perhaps one of the most exciting trends in OzLit lately has been the renewed focus on South-East Asia. The success of Emily Maguire’s Fishing for Tigers (Vietnam), Ruby J. Murray’s Running Dogs (Indo…

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Blood by Tony Birch

Tony Birch’s debut novel, Blood, will surely attract a lot of interest from the many fans of his accomplished short stories. He has published two acclaimed collections, Shadowboxing (2006) and Father

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The Boat by Nam Le

There is something audacious about an author who, in their first collection of stories, moves between six continents, yet Vietnamese-Australian writer Nam Le navigates the globe confidently and convi…

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Breath by Tim Winton

2008 has been a bumper year for Australian fiction so far, with novels out by Peter Carey, Helen Garner, Joan London and Luke Davies – and there are prospects for more with new works by Christos Tsio…

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