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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 …

Books July 04, 2015

Vera: My Story

[TOC:ul In this story] Vera Wasowski’s life has been extraordinary. As a small child, she witnessed the vilest acts of cruelty yet somehow survived Poland’s Lvov ghetto under the Nazis. As a young wife and mother, she immigrated to a life working …

Books June 27, 2015

Relativity

[TOC:ul In this story] We’re all accustomed by now to the protagonist with the odd way of thinking: Don Tillman in Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project, Christopher Boone in Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, …

Books June 06, 2015

The Harder They Come

[TOC:ul In this story] In The Harder They Come, T. C. Boyle’s brilliant 15th novel, retired principal Sten Stenson is on a luxury cruise with his wife, Carolee, in Costa Rica. Sten is 70, “six-three and two hundred twenty pounds, most …