Page 3 of our reviews

Domestic Interior by Fiona Wright

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

When I was at uni, one of my favourite tutors gave me an excellent, simple piece of advice on writing poetry. She said the title of the poem should be treated as its first line, and ideally set the t…

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Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Reviewed by Jo Case

Following Trump’s election, classic dystopias like 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale have resurfaced on bestseller lists. In our mid-climate-change, post-truth, resource-depleted, racist-and-sexist-backla…

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A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

One of my favourite books is Peter Carey’s Illywhacker, with its outrageous narrator Herbert Badgery and the sprawling basalt plains of Bacchus Marsh. It was a riot of fun that hid a message about th…

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Stories and True Stories by Helen Garner

Reviewed by Jo Case

I know I’m not the only Melbourne writer whose motto, at my laptop, is WWHGD (what would Helen Garner do?). From Monkey Grip – Readings’ first Australian bestseller – to last year’s collected non-fic…

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Origin by Dan Brown

Reviewed by Kirrily Ireland

I’ve just finished reading the final chapters of Origin and feel deeply satiated. It’s been four years since Inferno, four years since I last experienced the unique sense of suspense, intrigue and do…

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Winter by Ali Smith

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

For around 20 years, Ali Smith has had a quartet of novels, named simply after the seasons, in the back of her head. Winter is the second of these novels. The first, Autumn, was shortlisted for this …

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Mrs. M by Luke Slattery

Reviewed by Susan Stevenson

Over the course of a long, sleepless night, Elizabeth Macquarie composes an epitaph for her husband, Governor Lachlan Macquarie. From widowhood on the Isle of Mull, she revisits their part in the tum…

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The Woman Who Fooled the World by Beau Donelly & Nick Toscano

Reviewed by Jo Case

You don’t need to have heard about Belle Gibson, the Instafamous ‘wellness warrior’ who made a fortune and built an empire on her claim to have treated her brain cancer (which she didn’t have) with d…

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A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Set during the start of the English civil War, A Skinful of Shadows tells the story of Makepeace, a girl plagued by nightmares of ghosts tearing her apart, looking for the chance to possess her. Her …

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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Reviewed by Kate O'Mara

You may at first think, on picking this book up, that you’ve already read a lot like this. From the post-apocalyptic wasteland blighted by plague to the preternaturally capable young hacker prodigy C…

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