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Steve Toltz, Quicksand (Review)

Aldo Benjamin, the anti-hero of Quicksand, accuses wannabe-writer-friend Liam of having “such little imagination”. You could not, however, accuse the novel’s author, Steve Toltz, of this.  1,139 more words

Australian Literature

Stephen Orr, The hands: An Australian pastoral (Review)

As promised, here is my review of a farm novel, Adelaide-based Stephen Orr’s The hands: An Australian pastoral. It is his sixth novel but the first that I’ve read. 1,055 more words

Australian Literature

Vincenzo Cerami, A very normal man (Review)

And now for something very different from my recent fare here, a modern Italian classic. Originally published in 1976, A very normal man was, the back cover blurb says,  1,061 more words

Review - Novels

Eleanor Limprecht, Long Bay (Review)

One of the things that interests me about historical fiction, of which Eleanor Limprecht’s Long Bay is an example, is why the author in question chooses to write his/her story as fiction rather than non-fiction. 1,225 more words

Australian Literature

Neel Mukherjee, The lives of others (Review)

Before I talk about Neel Mukherjee’s Booker Prize short-listed The lives of others, I want to briefly mention the experience of reading it on the Kindle. 1,178 more words

21st Century Literature

Caroline de Costa, Double madness (Review)

I’m not a crime reader as most of you know, and in fact most of the crime novels I’ve read here have been review copies sent to me. 985 more words

Australian Literature

Emily Bitto, The strays (Review)

Let me start by saying I really enjoyed reading Emily Bitto’s The strays. It was scheduled for my reading group the day after my return from Tasmania, and I suddenly found myself in the last day of my Tasmanian holiday without having started the book. 1,196 more words

Australian Literature