Reviewer: LS

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Books February 27, 2016

Mothering Sunday

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 Graham Swift’s …

Books February 13, 2016

That Devil’s Madness

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 his father, Marius, …

Books January 29, 2016

The High Places

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, Kate Atkinson and …

Books December 12, 2015

A Woman on the Edge of Time

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 easy, but the force …

Books October 10, 2015

The Secret Chord

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, plague-riddled Derbyshire …

Books September 26, 2015

Rush Oh!

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 time: knowing, self-aware …

Books August 15, 2015

The World Without Us

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 voice, though. It’s …

Books July 18, 2015

The Girl with the Dogs

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 winners, and both revolve …

Books July 11, 2015

Strange Objects Covered with Fur

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 Objects Covered with …