Australian Fiction

The Lessons

I think I’ll be thinking about Jane and Daisy for a while yet; what a novel. I love novels about novels, and this definitely is that. It’s also all the wealth, brains and a class novel, unequal power and position…I always thought I had to identify with a character in order to enjoy a …

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The Younger Wife

Could not put it down. Loved the characters, the short sharp chapters, the empathic exploration of the themes and the unexpectedness of the storyline. I absolutely feasted on this novel, fun, sharp and snappy. My new favourite Sally Hepworth, absolutely loved it

Wild Place

Could.Not.Put.It.Down loved it being set in suburbia in 1989, prince’s 1999 completely takes me back to the summer of 1989 and for a valid reason I think now. Loved Tom and the theme of satanic panic, loved all the twists and turns, loved absolutely everything about it. So clever, so well done

The Cane

SO atmospheric, SO claustrophobic. I’m not real a thriller reader, but goodness this was great Australian rural noir, ‘the close, damp heat’ I thought it captured the 70s so well, the casual sexism and racism, the meat and three veg Australian feel ‘size of a brick shithouse..still bloody poignant’. Janet, Carmel, Barbara, it was all …

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The Torrent

Such a thriller for me! Although I’m generally not a thriller reader, but this was definitely thrilling for me! I loved the rural Australian setting; I so remember the heat of ‘the uninsulated metal roof of the demountable…’ I loved Detective Kate Miles; watching her deal with the casual sexism and racism was so moving, …

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When Men Cry

What a novel x I think everyone should read this powerful book at least once. Men’s mental health, gambling, youth culture is here, but so is a powerful tale of group dynamics and a coming of age story. It is raw and there are so many triggers to warn regarding but goodness I just think …

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