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Heart to heart: Melanie Cheng on ‘Australia Day’

27 April 2017
Melanie Cheng’s Australia Day (Text, July) is a ‘bittersweet, beautifully crafted collection’ about the conflicts and realisations that occur when people of different backgrounds are brought together. She spoke to reviewer...

Untying the knots: Mark Brandi on ‘Wimmera’

27 April 2017
Mark Brandi’s debut crime novel Wimmera (Hachette, July) is a ‘languid and unsettling’ story about two boys growing up together in a small town in the 1980s. He spoke to reviewer...

System override: Elizabeth Tan on ‘Rubik’

28 February 2017
Elizabeth Tan’s Rubik is a novel of interconnected short stories with plotlines that explore ‘a sprawling world of shady corporations, sentient memes and hackable bodies’. The result is ‘conceptually and structurally...

Movie mayhem: Alex Miles on ‘Mammoth Mistake’

27 February 2017
Mammoth Mistake is the first book in Alex Miles’ new ‘Olive Black’ series, about a 10-year-old actress who juggles friendships, rivals and on-set hijinks. Reviewer Bec Kavanagh spoke to the...

Dead ringer: ‘The Turnkey’ by Allison Rushby

6 October 2016
Allison Rushby’s middle-grade novel The Turnkey is a ‘page-turning mystery’ set in London’s Highgate Cemetery during the Blitz. Reviewer Maria H Alessandrino spoke to the author. Read her review here....

Key change: Holly Throsby on ‘Goodwood’ 

8 July 2016
Set around the disappearance of two people in the fictional small town of Goodwood, musician Holly Throsby’s debut novel ‘hits all the right notes’, writes reviewer Carody Culver. She spoke...

Remaking history: Kate Mildenhall on ‘Skylarking’ 

10 May 2016
Kate Mildenhall’s Skylarking (Black Inc., August) is a historical novel about an intense female friendship. Reviewer Angela Andrewes spoke to the author. Skylarking is based on historical events. What drew...

Retail rewards: An interview with Len Vlahos 

10 May 2016
US book-industry insider Len Vlahos will deliver the keynote at this year’s Australian Booksellers Association conference. Vlahos is the new owner of Denver bookstore chain Tattered Cover, former executive director...

Flying high: Jeannie Baker on ‘Circle’ 

Jeannie Baker 21 March 2016
In her new picture book Circle, Jeannie Baker uses her distinctive mixed-media illustrations to depict the migration of the bar-tailed godwits. Reviewer Margaret Hamilton describes it as a ‘masterpiece’. She...

Fertile ground: Jane Harper on ‘The Dry’ 

Jane Harper 21 March 2016
Jane Harper won the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for her first novel The Dry (Picador, June). She spoke to reviewer Myles McGuire. One of the most...