Page 2 of our reviews

Big Bones by Laura Dockrill

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

I first came across Laura Dockrill’s unique voice with her wildly poetic mermaid duology, Lorali and Aurabel, and Big Bones is another addition to her marvellous body of work about young people who g…

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Florida by Lauren Groff

Reviewed by Anna Rotar

When I think of the American state of Florida, I think of Miami, Disney World, sun-drenched beach days and the Seinfelds living it up at Del Boca Vista. Florida, a new collection of short stories by …

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Get Up Mum by Justin Heazlewood

Reviewed by Caitlin Cassidy

Justin Heazlewood’s debut memoir launches the reader into the seemingly innocent world of a pre-pubescent boy in 1990s Australia. Giddy with joy, twelve-year-old Heazlewood meticulously details the s…

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Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Imagine if everything you knew and took for granted about your life was just a facade, a mask to cover the real life you were being groomed for. In the new life, you would adopt a new identity, chang…

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Reading the Landscape: A Celebration of Australian Writing

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

The University of Queensland Press was established in 1948 (coincidentally, the year I was born). In the mid-sixties, under the stewardship of American expat Frank Thompson, it started to publish Aus…

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Kat Wolfe Investigates by Lauren St John

Reviewed by Pilgrim Hodgson

Animal lover Kat Wolfe is delighted when her mum accepts a job as a vet in idyllic Bluebell Bay. Kat decides to earn some pocket money by starting the Paws & Claws Pet Sitting Agency – but when her f…

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Into the Night by Sarah Bailey

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

After the events of Sarah Bailey’s debut The Dark Lake left Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock unable to be the partner, mother and human that everyone in the regional town of Smithson needed her to …

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Origin Story by David Christian

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

David Christian coined the phrase ‘Big History’ in reference to a project that aims to tell the story of everything that’s happened from the beginning of the universe until now. It’s an idea that cau…

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84K by Claire North

Reviewed by Tristen Kiri Brudy

Company men would run for Parliament, Company newspapers would trumpet their excellence to the sky, Company TV stations would broadcast their election promises this is how democracy worked: corporate

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The Day War Came by Nicola Davies & Rebecca Cobb

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

The Day War Came marks the moment when everything changed for the little girl in this story. The simple, spare language of a child reveals the harsh, indiscriminate brutality of war. It begins as a n…

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