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Books May 13, 2017

Closing Down

Some time in a not-too-distant future, with an increasingly inhospitable climate, a faceless authoritarian Australian government – unable to support a sparse population – is forcing people into overcrowded “inclusion zones”. The outside world …

Books March 04, 2017


[TOC:ul In this story] Garth Nix has a gift for writing interesting, complex and capable young women, as anyone who has read his Old Kingdom fantasy series (Sabriel, Lirael etc) will already know. In his new book, Frogkisser!, …

Books February 18, 2017

Why I Am Not a Feminist

[TOC:ul In this story] Despite its title, the newest book from Bookslut founder Jessa Crispin isn’t actually a disavowal of the principle of women’s equality. Rather, it’s a manifesto arguing that contemporary feminism has become so moribund …

Books October 15, 2016

From the Edge

[TOC:ul In this story] Mark McKenna is not the first historian in recent years to present a compelling counterargument to the comfortable lie that Australian history is a dull narrative of “discovery” and “settlement”, but he is certainly one …

Books October 01, 2016


[TOC:ul In this story]With her debut novel Goodwood, Holly Throsby has become the latest author to tackle small-town Australian life, combining country fiction’s two great genres: the coming-of-age story and the sinister crime drama. The plot …

Books July 30, 2016

No Man Is an Island

[TOC:ul In this story] In 2010, Adele Dumont volunteered to teach English to the detainees in the Christmas Island detention centre. As she recounts these early experiences in her memoir No Man Is an Island, her earnestness and restrained excitement …

Books June 04, 2016


[TOC:ul In this story]Jane Abbott’s novel Watershed proposes a future climate change scenario that even the most pessimistic climatologist might hesitate to predict. The oceans haven’t just risen, they’ve inundated, drowning the old world …

Books April 30, 2016


[TOC:ul In this story] An upside of the troubled time in the publishing world of late seems to be an increased appetite for experimentation and risk-taking. Perhaps this mood of “try anything once” is what brings us Nick Earls’ new book, Gotham, …

Books April 09, 2016

Oliver of the Levant

[TOC:ul In this story] Walkley Award-winning journalist Debra Jopson has thrown her hat into the fiction ring with her debut novel Oliver of the Levant. It’s a coming-of-age story that cleverly avoids the clichés of the form by setting its …