Reviewer: LS

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Books May 02, 2015

When There’s Nowhere Else to Run

[TOC:ul In this story] There’s a minor revival under way in Australian short fiction so it’s timely that the 2015 winner of The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award for the best unpublished manuscript by a writer under 35 is Murray Middleton, …

Books April 25, 2015

The Wonder Lover

[TOC:ul In this story] Perhaps it is Malcolm Knox’s reputation as a sports journalist that leads to his chronic underrating as a novelist. The Life (2011) is a sprawling, messy, gutsy book with a brilliant voice and awkward plotting, as though …

Books March 14, 2015

She Will Build Him a City

[TOC:ul In this story] Of the 20 million stories in Delhi, Raj Kamal Jha focuses mostly on three in his novel She Will Build Him a City. The Woman, who tells stories to her damaged adult daughter in an attempt at connection; the Man, whose life …

Books February 28, 2015

Hot Little Hands

[TOC:ul In this story] The stories in Abigail Ulman’s uneven debut collection, Hot Little Hands, are all about sexuality, sensuality and love in girls and young women, and the fascinating fluid line between childhood and being an adult. There’s …

Books February 07, 2015

Useful

[TOC:ul In this story] Debra Oswald’s first novel for adults carries the weight of expectations: Oswald is the co-creator and head writer of Offspring, one of the smartest and funniest Australian television series of the past decade. She’s …

Books January 31, 2015

Clade

[TOC:ul In this story] The world as we know it is unravelling and so is Adam Leith’s partner, Ellie, and in turn their relationship. Adam and Ellie are sad people with unremittingly sad lives: their daughter Summer has life-threatening asthma, Adam …

Books December 13, 2014

Here Are the Young Men

[TOC:ul In this story] Dublin boys Matthew, Rez, Cocker and Kearney have just finished high school. They’ve done poorly in the leaving, have been banned from their graduation, and they drink, snort, swallow and inhale prodigious quantities of anything …

Books November 29, 2014

The Last Pulse

[TOC:ul In this story] In Anson Cameron’s rollicking environmental satire The Last Pulse, South Australian farmer Merv Rossiter has lost his wife to suicide and his vineyard to a banker, thanks to a man-made drought. Cotton farmers way upstream …

Books October 25, 2014

Amnesia

[TOC:ul In this story] The novels of Peter Carey have a kind of dualism about them. This can manifest within individual books in protagonists (Oscar and Lucinda; Parrot and Olivier) or parallel narratives (The Chemistry of Tears), but it also …