Page 3 of our reviews

The Old Lie by Claire G. Coleman

Reviewed by Clare Millar

Claire G. Coleman’s debut novel, Terra Nullius, made waves as it was shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize, along with many other awards. This year she’s back with a new science-fiction novel, explor…

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The Godmother by Hannelore Cayre and Stephanie Smee (trans.)

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

This striking little oddity comes with a hefty dose of French fame – it won the European Crime Fiction Prize, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, and has been made into a film starring one of th…

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White Tears/Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad

Reviewed by Kara Nicholson

In 2018, journalist Ruby Hamad wrote an article for The Guardian Australia titled ‘How white women use strategic tears to silence women of colour’. It received worldwide praise and condemnation. An A…

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Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

Say Nothing, Patrick Radden Keefe’s examination of the Troubles in Northern Ireland from the late 1960s to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, won the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Writing. Keefe, a…

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How to Make a Movie in 12 Days by Fiona Hardy

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Hayley Whelan loves everything about movies; she has spent her whole life dreaming of writing and directing her own. When her Grandma, with whom she’d been writing her horror movie, Rosebud, passes a…

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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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From Here On, Monsters by Elizabeth Bryer

Reviewed by Gabrielle Williams

The craft of accurately translating another’s work, of getting inside the head of the creator and being as faithful to the original piece as possible, is where this book by debut author Elizabeth Bry…

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Dolores by Lauren Aimee Curtis

Reviewed by Chris Somerville

This very short novel from Lauren Aimee Curtis follows the titular character, Dolores, as she arrives at a remote convent of nuns. She’s sixteen years old, dehydrated, pregnant, and has a lace tablec…

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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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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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