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One, by Patrick Holland

I’m always surprised when a book is given a title that’s deliberately uninformative.  Titles like John Berger’s G (see my review), John A Scott’s… 1,332 more words


2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Shortlists

2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists were announced today (making me wonder why all these awards aren’t coordinated a bit better to spread the publicity). 712 more words

Australian Literature

Sensational Snippets: Poor Fellow My Country by Xavier Herbert

Don’t hold your breath waiting for my review of Xavier Herbert’s Poor Fellow My Country, which won the Miles Franklin award in 1975.  This reissued edition by Harper Collins under the A&R imprint, is 1443 pages long if you include the glossary of Aboriginal terms at the back of the book. 848 more words

Australian Literature

The World Without Us, by Mireille Juchau

Longlisted for the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award, The World Without Us begins slowly with a network of scenes that eventually form a structure in a way that a beehive does.  1,419 more words


A loving, faithful animal, by Josephine Rowe

It takes a special kind of crazy-brave to write a novel about domestic violence that makes the reader feel sympathy for the perpetrators, and it takes a remarkable level of skill to create one that I am interested in reading.  1,060 more words


Sensational Snippets: The Heat of the Day, by Elizabeth Bowen

It’s International Women’s Day today, so I thought I’d share an excerpt from one of the twentieth century’s great women writers…

I am taking my time to read Elizabeth Bowen’s… 530 more words

Australian Literary Fiction

The Hidden, by Candida Baker

I was quite taken aback when I checked at Goodreads to discover that I had already read Candida Baker’s The Hidden.  Yes, back in November 2000, not long after it was first published.  971 more words