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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


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


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


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


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

Australian Literary Fiction

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