Review: The Beast's Garden

The Beast’s Garden by Kate Forsyth Vintage Books 2015 Large Format Paperback 429 pages Historical Fiction; Fairy Tale Retelling

The Beast’s Garden is set in Berlin from late 1938 until just after the end of the war. A loose retelling of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, “The Singing, Springing Lark” (itself a variant of […]

Review Catch-up #2 - Speculative Fiction

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie Imperial Radch #1 Orbit 2013 Trade Paperback 384 pages Science Fiction; Space Opera; Science Fantasy

The last book I read in 2016 was easily one of the best. I had read a short review of this trilogy in the Review section of the Weekend Australian (the Review section is […]

Books in Discussion - Round 2

I have a couple of spare hours and will endeavour to cover more of my backlog: books read over the past twelve months that I never had time to review. It’ll be so nice to clear away another pile of books off my desk!

The Tribe trilogy has to be one of the best Young […]

Books in Discussion - Round 1

I’m a slow reader of late, and an even slower reviewer, but I still hold to my goal of reviewing each book I read (with the exception of the giant piles of picture books we borrow from the library and read over and over every two weeks!), and the reading experience now feels eerily unfinished […]

Review: The Natural Way of Things

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood Allen & Unwin 2015 Trade Paperback with Flaps 313 pages Speculative Fiction

Charlotte Wood’s fifth novel is a disturbing yet beautiful and thought-provoking exploration into the misogyny lurking beneath Australia’s good-natured, laid-back, egalitarian image. It is inspired, in part, by the Hay Institution for Girls, “an […]

Review: The Husband's Secret

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty Penguin Books UK 2013 Trade Paperback 402 pages Fiction

In Sydney’s North Shore, Cecilia Fitzpatrick is well pleased with her life. Her husband, John-Paul, is still a catch and a lovely father to their three young daughters: Isobel, Esther and Polly. She’s president of the parent committee for […]

Review: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina The Tribe #1 Walker Books 2012 Trade Paperback 395 pages YA Fantasy; Dystopian Fiction; Speculative Fiction

If, like me, you have a childhood steeped in fantasy and folklore; a love of the natural world and a soul-deep recognition of its greater importance in the scheme of […]

Review: A Waltz for Matilda

A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French The Matilda Saga #1 Angus & Robertson 2010 479 pages YA Historical Fiction

1894. Matilda is just twelve, pretending to be fourteen so she can work in the nearby jam factory while her mother is ill and bedridden. She continues to write to the father she’s never […]