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Best Summer Stories (ed by Aviva Tuffield, Black Inc.) 

29 August 2018
When Black Inc. announced this year that it would discontinue the annual ‘Best Australian’ anthologies, readers and booksellers alike were disappointed. However, the announcement of a one-off anthology of short stories...

The World Was Whole (Fiona Wright, Giramondo) 

24 August 2018
In this exquisite follow-on from her award-winning memoir-in-essays Small Acts of Disappearance, Fiona Wright continues to set the standard for the essay form in Australia. Wright’s perspective in The World...

Speaking Up (Gillian Triggs, MUP) 

26 July 2018
A self-described ‘conservative lawyer’ of nearly 50 years, Gillian Triggs attracted a barrage of criticism from right-wing politicians and media during her tenure as president of the Australian Human Rights...

Man Out of Time (Stephanie Bishop, Hachette)

28 June 2018
In September 2001, Stella Gilman’s father, Leon, wanders the streets of a coastal city, armed with his camera, arbitrarily snapping photographs. His walkabout seems purposeless; his thoughts, fragmented. When the...

Scrublands (Chris Hammer, A&U)

31 May 2018
In a dying Riverina town that’s suffering a merciless drought, ‘good people fight to retain honour and dignity against unfair odds’. Shockingly, one Sunday morning, the town’s priest opens fire...

The Shepherd’s Hut (Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton)

25 January 2018
Jaxie Clackton is a teenager on the run in the parched, unforgiving landscape bordering the salt lakes by the Western Australian desert. Convinced he’ll be held responsible for the accidental...

The Lebs (Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Hachette)

23 October 2017
Punchbowl Boys High, often dubbed ‘NSW’s most troubled school’, was the subject of a 2016 autobiographical essay by Michael Mohammed Ahmad. Now, that reminiscence of his alma mater has become...

Tracker (Alexis Wright, Giramondo)

27 September 2017
A biography can be written in a standard form: subject born, raised, educated, worked and died. And that will be fine for most people. But not Tracker Tilmouth. He was a polarising, intelligent, charismatic...

Whiteley on Trial (Gabriella Coslovich, MUP)

30 August 2017
From the dramatis personae of the opening pages—the Suspect Paintings, the Authentic Painting and the Individuals—I was taken by this story of true crime and courtroom drama. Who would want...

The Choke (Sofie Laguna, A&U)

29 June 2017
Sofie Laguna is a writer who can wrench beauty even from the horror of a child caught up in the toxic world of bastardised masculinity. Fearsome, vivid and raw, her...

Hinterland (Steven Lang, UQP)

27 April 2017
A small Queensland town is divided. The collapse of local industry in a once-thriving dairy community has seen farmland abandoned, repurposed for suburban sprawl or replanted by conservationists. When a...

The Last Garden (Eva Hornung, Text) 

14 March 2017
Eva Hornung won the PM’s Literary Award for Fiction for her 2009 novel Dog Boy. In The Last Garden, she once again explores the frailties of humans and the strength...

From the Wreck (Jane Rawson, Transit Lounge) 

2 February 2017
In 1859, the steamship Admella sunk off the coast of South Australia. Among the few lucky survivors was sailor George Hills and a mysterious woman who vanished upon her rescue....

Loopholes (Susan McCreery, Spineless Wonders) 

27 September 2016
Shakespeare once said that ‘brevity is the soul of wit’; the genre of microfiction takes this advice to heart. To succeed, microfiction must combine efficiency of text with immediacy of...

Goodwood (Holly Throsby, A&U) 

8 July 2016
It’s fitting that a reviewer once described Australian musician Holly Throsby as ‘a songstress with [the] literary depth of a novelist’, because Throsby is now writing fiction—and her debut, Goodwood,...

The Toymaker (Liam Pieper, Hamish Hamilton) 

The Toymaker 26 May 2016
From the first few pages of The Toymaker it’s obvious that Liam Pieper isn’t pulling any punches: he has your attention straight away as his privileged, wealthy protagonist Adam makes...

Ruins (Rajith Savanadasa, Hachette) 

Ruins cover 29 April 2016
Told from five viewpoints—mother, father, daughter, son, servant—Rajith Savanadasa’s debut novel is a ‘family bildungsroman’ which unfolds during the final days of the Sri Lankan civil war. Latha, aging servant...

Everywhere I Look (Helen Garner, Text) 

Everywhere I Look 24 February 2016
I’d probably give Helen Garner five stars for her shopping list; I’ve loved her work since Monkey Grip was published in 1977, the year I began selling books. I’m sure...

A Loving, Faithful Animal (Josephine Rowe, UQP) 

a loving faithful animal 27 January 2016
Josephine Rowe’s first novel follows her acclaimed story collections How a Moth Becomes a Boat and Tarcutta Wake. Like her stories, A Loving, Faithful Animal distils the small incidents of...

 

 

 

 

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