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Jane Rawson, A wrong turn at the Office of Unmade Lists (Review)

The weirdest thing happened when I put down Jane Rawson’s debut novel, A wrong turn at the Office of Unmade Lists: I started imagining things! 1,041 more words

Australian Literature

Charles Hall, Summer's gone (Review)

When Western Australian writer Craig Silvey set his coming-of-age novel Jasper Jones in the 1960s I was a bit surprised, as Silvey himself did not grow up in that era. 852 more words

Australian Literature

Jane Austen, Emma Vol 2 (continuing thoughts)

The friendship plot – that theme I discussed in my post on Volume 1 of Emma – thickens in Volume 2. Several “new” friendships are presented, as Austen continues to deepen our understanding of what constitutes community via the little village of Highbury. 1,033 more words

Women Writers

Jessica White, Entitlement (Review)

Entitlement is a powerful title for Australian author Jessica White’s second novel, but then White wanted to explore some powerful themes – though they are, unfortunately, somewhat belied by the rural romance/saga looking cover. 979 more words

Australian Literature

Jane Austen, Emma Vol 1 (Review, or perhaps just thoughts)

Every now and then my local Jane Austen group does a slow read of one of Austen’s novels. With 2015 being the 200th anniversary of the publication of… 783 more words

Women Writers

Fiona McFarlane, The night guest (Review)

Those of you who followed the literary award season in Australia last year will have seen Fiona McFarlane’s debut novel The night guest pop up several times. 1,294 more words

Australian Literature

Ellen van Neerven, Heat and light (Review)

It’s silly I know, but I had a little thrill at the end of Ellen van Neerven’s Heat and light, because not only was the last story set in a place where I spent six of the formative years of my childhood – Sandgate on the northern edge of Brisbane – but one of the characters learnt to swim in the same pool there that I did, and her brother has a beagle, just as we did. 1,065 more words

Australian Literature