Reviewer: LS

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Books February 27, 2016

Mothering Sunday

[TOC:ul In this story] In many European Christian traditions, Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Lent and for domestic servants was a rare day off from cooking and cleaning for other people’s families so they could visit their own.  Booker-winner …

Books February 13, 2016

That Devil’s Madness

[TOC:ul In this story] In the beginning of Dominique Wilson’s second novel, That Devil’s Madness, it’s 1896 and Louis de Dercou is 12 years old, the youngest son of a poor farming family in southern France. Louis’s mother has died and …

Books January 29, 2016

The High Places

[TOC:ul In this story] Fiona McFarlane’s debut novel, 2013’s The Night Guest, was a critical triumph that was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin award, sold into 15 territories (at last count) and praised by the likes of Michelle de Kretser, …

Books December 12, 2015

A Woman on the Edge of Time

[TOC:ul In this story] Jeremy Gavron was in his mid-40s when his brother, Simon, died of a heart attack. Gavron was established in his career as a journalist and novelist, and married with two daughters. His relationship with Simon was complex and not …

Books October 10, 2015

The Secret Chord

[TOC:ul In this story] Geraldine Brooks saw human catastrophe close-up as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans before turning to fiction. Since then, her remarkable historical novels have immersed readers in, variously, …

Books September 26, 2015

Rush Oh!

[TOC:ul In this story] Rush Oh!, the debut novel from screenwriter Shirley Barrett, takes the form of a year-long memoir written by Mary Davidson, who lives in Eden, New South Wales, in the early 1900s. Mary is 19 and a singular girl for her …

Books August 15, 2015

The World Without Us

[TOC:ul In this story] I’ve been a fan of Mireille Juchau’s since her second novel, Burning In, which was shortlisted for a raft of prizes back in 2008. Her new book, The World Without Us, doesn’t have the same reader-friendly …

Books July 18, 2015

The Girl with the Dogs

[TOC:ul In this story] Such is the prominence of Australian writer Anna Funder it’s easy to forget that, until now, she’s published only two books: both the nonfiction Stasiland and the novel All That I Am were best-selling award …

Books July 11, 2015

Strange Objects Covered with Fur

[TOC:ul In this story] The writing program at the University of Technology Sydney, has an outstanding reputation for producing talented writers: alumni include Kate Grenville, Gillian Mears and Anna Funder. This most recent student anthology, Strange …