Reviewer: Justine Hyde

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Culture May 09, 2020

Fathoms

In her debut book of nonfiction, Fathoms: The World in the Whale, Rebecca Giggs is our mystic guide through the intertwining relationship of humans and whales, which is marked by ferocity – of both love and violence – on the human side of …

Culture March 07, 2020

Desire Lines

British nature writer Robert Macfarlane describes desire lines as “paths and tracks made over time by the wishes and feet of walkers … contrary to design or planning”. Felicity Volk’s second novel traces such a contrary path in the unconventional …

Culture February 08, 2020

Shirl

Wayne Marshall’s debut collection of short stories is a book that can be wholly judged by its cover. On it, a burly bloke embraces a kangaroo who wears a Carlton footy vest – a queer romantic scene that is backlit by the gentle glow of a telly. Marshall’s …

Culture November 16, 2019

Damascus

To label Christos Tsiolkas’s sixth novel ambitious seems superfluous – ambition, after all, is part of his trademark style. From the burning, youthful rage of his debut, Loaded, to the barbecue conversation-stopper The Slap, and …

Culture October 12, 2019

Act of Grace

Anna Krien is highly regarded for her deeply researched and incisive long-form journalism. Her books Night Games and Into the Woods, along with two Quarterly Essays, have cemented her as one of this country’s leading voices on contemporary …

Culture August 24, 2019

Australianama

Bangladeshi Australian author Samia Khatun’s Australianama is a book of books, a survey of divergent modes of historical storytelling, and a search for truth in the face of cultural erasure. It opens with Khatun visiting her mother, Eshrat, …

Culture June 22, 2019

A Novel Idea

In her work as a performance artist, Fiona McGregor is no stranger to physical and psychological endurance, often sitting uncomfortably still for hours on end. However, it is the more challenging act of endurance – writing a novel – that she documents …

book May 04, 2019

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Andrea Lawlor’s debut novel follows gender chameleon Paul Polydoris (aka Polly) on an explicit romp through 1990s American queer subculture. At 22, Paul is an arrogant, irreverent college sophomore who is also a shapeshifter: he can transform his gender …