Page 5 of our reviews

The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews

Reviewed by Jackie Tang

Fifteen-year-old Sam and his older brother Avery are struggling to make a better life for themselves on the streets after being abused by every parental figure in their life. Avery, who is autistic, …

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Simpsons Returns: A Novella by Wayne Macauley

Reviewed by Chris Somerville

Ninety years after his death in World War I, Jack Simpson is still alive, still donning his uniform, still helping the sick and still trudging alongside his donkey, Murphy. In Wayne Macauley’s novell…

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Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly & Lisa Kennedy

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Wilam means home in Woiwurrung, the language of the Wurundjeri clan, and this stunning story depicts the many creatures who call Birrarung (the Yarra River) home, as it slowly winds from the mountain…

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A Universe of Sufficient Size by Miriam Sved

Reviewed by Elke Power

With her second novel, A Universe of Sufficient Size, Miriam Sved again demonstrates her ability to write about highly specific human preoccupations in a way that renders them interesting and engagin…

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The Place on Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta

Reviewed by Jackie Tang

A generation has grown up with Melina Marchetta’s writing since she debuted with her impeccable young adult novel Looking for Alibrandi in 1992. As one of that generation, it’s a joy to read The Plac

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Swimming Against the Storm by Jess Butterworth

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

Set in a tiny fishing village of Southern Louisiana, Swimming Against the Storm effortlessly captures the slow, humid atmosphere of the bayou, the tidal rhythms of life built on shrimp fishing and th…

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The Shining Wall by Melissa Ferguson

Reviewed by Cindy Morris

An idealist city lies surrounded by shining metal walls that were created by LeaderCorp to benefit all within their borders. Here, the Citizens have the leading technology of medi-nanities, brain imp…

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Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

I read an early draft of Invented Lives a year or so ago; it was almost wonderful then but now it really is wonderful. What I like most about Andrea Goldsmith’s work is that it manages to combine a d…

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City of Trees by Sophie Cunningham

Reviewed by Michael McLoughlin

Sophie Cunningham has written a collection of travel writing that grapples with the destructive nature of tourism. Or is it nature writing that never forgets its place within the machine that threate…

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Kusama: Infinity by Heather Lenz

Reviewed by Leanne Hermosilla

Within weeks of the release of this documentary to DVD, Yayoi Kusama will have turned 90. Widely recognised as one of the most important, influential, and commercially successful living artists, she …

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