Review: Terra Nullius

Terra Nullius by Claire G Coleman Winner of the black&write! Fellowship Hachette 2017 Paperback 290 pages Fiction This deceptively simple novel offers a powerful and damning examination of Australia’s colonial history and the price paid by the continent’s diverse first peoples. It is also impossible to discuss or review this book without destroying the source […]

Reviews: Adult & Young Adult Fantasy

When stressed, I tend to gravitate towards popular fiction – literary and non-fiction books become too much like work, as they do the opposite of helping me switch my brain off: they make me think too much. They make me think too much about work, especially. Not at all restful, and it’s been a hellish […]

Review: Avery

Avery by Charlotte McConaghy The Chronicles of Kaya #1 Bantam 2015 (2013) Large format paperback 373 pages YA Fantasy

Ava and Avery are a bonded couple from Kaya, a land where ancient magic ensures that, once bonded, one cannot live without the other. So when Avery is killed while on a mission to assassinate […]

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: The Better Son

The Better Son by Katherine Johnson Ventura Press 2016 Large format paperback 273 pages Fiction

In 2002, after being away for much of his life, Kip returns alone to his family’s farm in Mole Creek, Tasmania. His mother is dead, his father – suffering from dementia – living in a nursing home, and his […]

Australian Women Writers Challenge - 2016 Wrap-up

I have been participating in the Australian Women Writers Challenge for a few years now – I track my progress here – and it’s by far my favourite of all the challenges (yes, including the one I used to host!).

In 2016, I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 10 books by Australian […]

Review: Mateship with Birds

Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany Picador 2013 (2012) Trade paperback 208 pages Literature; Historical Fiction

I’ve never before labelled a book as “literature” on my blog – the term comes loaded with elitism and the beginnings of a boggy mess – but I felt that to position this novel in the historical fiction […]

Books in Discussion - Crime Fiction

Crime is a genre I don’t read a lot of, mostly because – and this may sound contrary to the reason why so many people read and love it – I just find it to be rather boring. I’m more likely to enjoy psychological thrillers because they get deeper into characters and their neuroses, and […]