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Sofie Laguna, The choke (#BookReview)

There are many reasons why I wanted to read Sofie Laguna’s latest book The choke. Firstly, I was inspired by a very engaging author conversation… 1,219 more words

Australian Literature

John Lang, The forger's wife (#BookReview)

When new publisher Grattan Street Press offered me a review copy of John Lang’s The forger’s wife last November, I couldn’t resist, even though it is from their Colonial Australian Popular Fiction series. 1,224 more words

Australian Literature

Diana Blackwood, Chaconne (#BookReview)

Does a book set in the early 1980s qualify as historical fiction? Does a book about a twenty-something woman’s romantic adventures, and search for direction, qualify as coming-of-age? 1,171 more words

Australian Literature

Jane Austen, The Watsons (Unfinished) Redux

Jane Austen fans, as you probably know, do a lot of re-reading. Given we only have six complete novels, plus her juvenilia and a couple of unfinished novels, we have little choice. 1,029 more words

Women Writers

Rabih Alameddine, An unnecessary woman (#BookReview)

Lebanese-born American writer Rabih Alameddine’s novel, An unnecessary woman, is tailor-made for readers. It was fittingly, therefore, my reading group’s first book for 2018. The novel is told first person in the voice of 72-year-old childless, divorced Aaliya Saleh, who lives alone and spends her time reading and translating books. 1,181 more words

21st Century Literature

Tony Park, The cull (#MiniBookReview based on a Guest Read)

When Tony Park’s The cull was sent to me for review last September, I knew it wasn’t really within my normal ambit but every now and then I try something new, so thought I might give it a go. 745 more words

Australian Writers

Tasma (Jessie Couvreur), Uncle Piper of Piper's Hill (#BookReview)

The first thing to say about Tasma’s debut novel Uncle Piper of Piper’s Hill is that it’s rather wordy, speaking to a literacy different from that of today’s readers. 1,455 more words

Australian Literature