Page 2 of our reviews

The Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

No one does Australian Gothic quite like Rosalie Ham. Her sun-soaked revenge fantasy, The Dressmaker, captured a particular side of rural Australia – one steeped in malice, jealousy, bitter rivalries…

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Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Reviewed by Tristen Kiri Brudy

Between 2005 and 2009, in a remote Mennonite colony in Bolivia, hundreds of girls and women would wake every morning feeling bruised, abused, and battered. This was attributed for many years to ghost…

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Love is Blind by William Boyd

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

I have to confess that William Boyd is one of my favourite authors; his Any Human Heart is probably his best but Love is Blind comes close. It’s an exotic and sad love story that kept me wanting more…

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Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Reviewed by Bernard Caleo

Smoothly, calmly, Haruki Murakami leads us out to the latest outpost of his fictional universe. We survey the hillside and the lonely house in which the narrator has come to live. Once, it belonged t…

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Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Markus Zusak’s previous book, The Book Thief, first published in 2005, has spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into over forty languages, has been made…

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Berta Isla by Javier Marías

Reviewed by Paul Goodman

Impermanence and identity are at the heart of Javier Marías’ latest work, a literary spy tale in which Oxford undergraduate Tomás is recruited into the British secret service after event in the town …

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The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

There are few in the crime world quite as capable at both solving mysteries and baking an excellent sourdough as Corinna Chapman: baker extraordinaire, sometime detective, and general lady-about-town…

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The Skylarks' War by Hilary McKay

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

For all the children who loved The War That Saved My Life and its sequel by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, this beautiful story is an excellent addition to the genre.

Clarry and her brother live a drear…

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The World Was Whole by Fiona Wright

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

This is the second non-fiction book from acclaimed Australian writer Fiona Wright. In 13 essays, she delves into the spaces we inhabit – our bodies and our homes – and explores what it means when the…

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Foe by Iain Reid

Reviewed by Amanda Rayner

Living in isolation amid farming land predominantly owned by big industry and the government, Hen and Junior receive a late-night visitor. Terrance is an employee of Outermore; an organisation origin…

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