International Fiction reviews

Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky

Reviewed by Annie Condon

Booksellers are frequently asked for recommendations for ‘uplifting’ books. Whether as an antidote to turbulent times, for a relative in hospital, or for a holiday read, a novel with wit and levity i…

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Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Reviewed by Kara Nicholson

Nicole Dennis-Benn dedicates her second novel to the ‘memory of the untold stories of undocumented immigrants’. We first meet Patsy in 1998 in Jamaica; she is standing in the hot sun in a long queue …

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Quichotte by Salman Rushdie

Reviewed by Bernard Caleo

This book is one wild ride: a hectic riffling through the back catalogue of literature, a throwing of books into the back seat of an unglamorous car, and a helter-skelter drive across an America heav…

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The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

Reviewed by Georgia Brough

On an isolated island, things are disappearing. Ribbon, hat, bird. One by one, they all disappear, and soon, the inhabitants of the island forget they ever existed at all. The disappearances are enfo…

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Nobber by Oisín Fagan

Reviewed by Julia Jackson

The year is 1348, and it’s a deadly one. Quite literally. As with pretty much everywhere else, the Plague (or Black Death) has ravaged the Irish landscape, decimating the population. The survivors an…

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Inland by Téa Obreht

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Many readers will remember Téa Obreht’s impressive debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, which won the Orange Prize back in 2011. Inland is the author’s sophomore outing and Obreht once again displays a rem…

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Expectation by Anna Hope

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

Now in their mid-thirties, Cate and Hannah, friends since high school, are drifting apart. Oxford-educated Cate is a new mum who has relocated to Canterbury in a house purchased by her in-laws. She’s…

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The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Reviewed by Joe Rubbo

Colson Whitehead’s first novel since his Pulitzer prize-winning The Underground Railroad, The Nickel Boys is historical fiction. Whitehead based the setting on the Dozier School for Boys and drew on …

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The Travelers by Regina Porter

Reviewed by Elke Power

Iowa Writers’ Workshop alumna Regina Porter has an award-winning background in playwriting, and it shows in every line of her much-anticipated debut novel, The Travelers. Pitched as an intergeneratio…

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Travellers by Helon Habila

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

A unnamed narrator accompanies his artist wife who’s been awarded a fellowship in Berlin. She is American, he is Nigerian. After a miscarriage they both feel unmoored; they both react differently: hi…

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