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The Break, by Deb Fitzpatrick

The Break, by Deb Fitzpatrick

I actually read ‘The Break’ by Deb Fitzpatrick a few months’ ago, but I’m way behind in my book reviews—I’m not going to offer any excuses, except to say I’ll try and catch up! This is Deb Fitzpatrick’s first novel...
The Golden Age, by Joan London

The Golden Age, by Joan London

It’s been a couple of months since I finished Joan London’s third novel, ‘The Golden Age’, but I’m behind with my reviews because I’ve been concentrating on revising my own novel! I absolutely loved...
Mateship With Birds, by Carrie Tiffany

Mateship With Birds, by Carrie Tiffany

Mateship with Birds is Carrie Tiffany’s second novel. Her first, ‘Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living’ (2005) was shortlisted for numerous awards including the Orange Prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Guardian First Book...
Thoughts on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Thoughts on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

As regular readers would be aware, I have dubbed 2015 the ‘Year of the Classic’, or YOTC. I’m trying to read one ‘classic’ per month, as well as at least one book by an Australian female author. I chose ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by...
2014 AWW Challenge Round-Up

2014 AWW Challenge Round-Up

I completed the 2014 Australian Women Writers’ (AWW) Challenge. I signed on to read ten books by Australian women and review six, but I ended up reading and reviewing fourteen. Towards the end of 2011, Elizabeth Lhuede, the founder of the AWW...
Book Review: Shy, by Sian Prior

Book Review: Shy, by Sian Prior

“Shy. It’s such a shy word; a timid little word that begs to remain unnoticed. Only three letters long and it begins with an exhortation to silence: ‘shhh’.” Sian Prior is accomplished. She’s a journalist and broadcaster, a...
When the Night Comes, by Favel Parrett

When the Night Comes, by Favel Parrett

‘When the Night Comes’ is Favel Parrett’s second novel, following the success of ‘Past the Shallows’, which was short-listed for the Miles Franklin in 2012, and which I glowingly reviewed here. The story is told by two first person...
The Ark, by Annabel Smith

The Ark, by Annabel Smith

  I’ve just finished Annabel Smith’s third novel, ‘The Ark’. I loved her second novel, ‘Whisky Charlie Foxtrot, which I reviewed here, and which is about to be released in the US as ‘Whisky and Charlie’. ‘The...
Fairway to Heaven, by Lily Malone

Fairway to Heaven, by Lily Malone

I hosted my first ever guest author on the blog last Friday, Lily Malone, and what a lovely guest she was! (You can read her interview here.) We talked about her novel, ‘Fairway to Heaven’. It would be years, decades even, since I read...
Let Her Go, by Dawn Barker

Let Her Go, by Dawn Barker

  Dawn Barker has done it again with her second book, ‘Let her Go’. I loved ‘Fractured’ (click the link to see my review) so I was looking forward to another of her psychological/ethical/suspense/thriller stories—and I was not let...
Lost and Found, by Brooke Davis

Lost and Found, by Brooke Davis

This novel hit the bookstores with a bang and much has already been written about it, so I won’t repeat too much of the story. In a nutshell, it’s about seven-year-old Millie Bird, whose mother has abandoned her in a department store following the death of...