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: The House of New Beginnings

The House of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond Macmillan 2017 Large paperback 471 pages Fiction

In a large, elegant yet imposing Victorian house in the seaside town of Brighton, England, several women live in hiding: hiding from the pain of the past, from people, from life, from the truth of their lives. Recent arrivals, […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Review Catch-up #1 - Mixed Fiction

It’s that time again: time to scramble up some reviews of books read over the last year that I never had time (or brain energy) to discuss before. I even have a couple from 2015 that I didn’t get around to, oh dear. This is all part of my pledge-to-self to review every book I […]