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Coming Rain, by Stephen Daisley

Stephen Daisley’s second novel, Coming Rain, is a brutal book in many ways; it’s grounded in the harsh reality of harsh country and the harsh people who live in it. 1,102 more words

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The Slap, by Roger McDonald

Fire.  Even when we live in cities, as most of us do, Australians fear fire.  Our legends of fire don’t feature a Promethean gift: … 1,366 more words

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The Strays, by Emily Bitto

It was Glen Hunting who brought my attention to Emily Bitto’s debut novel when we were commenting on the Miles Franklin longlist, and so I owe my discovery of this terrific book to him – thank you, Glen! 1,135 more words

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A Descant for Gossips, by Thea Astley

The title page of my battered 1983 copy of A Descant for Gossips tells me that it was formerly the property of schoolgirls Emma from 10NR and Marianne from 10MM – whose teachers presumably chose it as a set text because the novel shows the brutal power of teenage bullying.  1,272 more words

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2015 Kibble and Dobbie Longlists

Once again the Kibble and Dobbie longlists have brought attention to some excellent books!

The nominations for the $30,000 Kibble prize for an established woman author include: 157 more words

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Trio, by Geraldine Wooller

I am in two minds about Trio, the fourth novel of Western Australian author, Geraldine Wooller.  On the one hand it is a wise and thoughtful depiction of the bonds of friendship over many decades, but on the other, it is a novel that lacks narrative drive.  529 more words

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