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National Book Award 2018 fiction longlist announced

17 September 2018

In the US, the National Book Award fiction longlist has been announced. The finalists in the fiction category are: A Lucky Man (Jamel Brinkley, Graywolf Press) Gun Love (Jennifer Clement, Hogarth) Florida (Lauren...

A wild ride: Gary Kemble on ‘Skin Deep’ 

22 April 2015

Gary Kemble’s debut novel Skin Deep (Echo Publishing) is ‘an imaginative, fast-paced page-turner that combines crime-writing with a delightful serving of the supernatural’, writes reviewer Deborah Crabtree. She spoke to...

Under the covers: Fiction top picks 2015 

16 October 2014

Hilary Simmons asks publishers to share their top fiction picks for 2015. (See nonfiction picks here.)Affirm Press publisher Martin Hughes’ top pick for 2015 came from the slush pile. Hughes...

Stories within worlds: Garth Nix on ‘Clariel’

1 August 2014

‘The long-awaited prequel to Garth Nix’s “Old Kingdom” series (Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen) is going to make a lot of readers very, very happy,’ writes reviewer Holly Harper. She spoke to...

After the games: Catherine Harris on ‘The Family Men’

15 July 2014

The Family Men (Black Inc., September) explores the fallout from an AFL football team’s post-season celebration. ‘[It’s] a nuanced indictment of a sporting culture that forgives appalling behaviour in our...