Topic archives: Australian fiction

Review of <i>Animal People</i> by Charlotte Wood in the <i>Age</i> today

Review of Animal People by Charlotte Wood in the Age today

October 8, 2011 2

I reviewed Charlotte Wood’s new novel Animal People for the Age and it looks like it has already found its way online, on the SMH website (not sure if it was in their print version as well). It is definitely one of the best Australian books I’ve read this year, and I do encourage you to […]

Spineless Wonders: new publisher of Australian short fiction

Spineless Wonders: new publisher of Australian short fiction

June 25, 2011 2

Spineless Wonders is a new publishing company, founded by Bronwyn Mehan, which specialises in short fiction from Australian writers in any genre and in print, digital and audio formats. Their publications will include single author collections and novellas, an annual anthology published in conjunction with a national writing competition as well as special collections focusing […]

Guest review: Raili Simojoki on <i>The Amateur Science of Love</i> by Craig Sherborne

Guest review: Raili Simojoki on The Amateur Science of Love by Craig Sherborne

June 9, 2011 2

Text Publishing, June 2011 9781921758010 (trade paperback, ebook) Reviewed by Raili Simojoki If you’ve read any of Craig Sherborne’s writing, you’ll know not to expect a rosy-eyed view of the world. The Amateur Science of Love follows the grim journey of a love affair gone wrong. Colin leaves the unglamorous environs of his parents’ farm […]

Some of my short stories available as ebooks

Some of my short stories available as ebooks

June 3, 2011 4

I decided to extend the life of some of my short stories that have been published in journals/magazines over the last few years, by publishing them digitally. It’s a bit of a (fairly safe) experiment in self-publishing and the world of ebooks. I’m loving reading on my Kobo eReader, and I’ve made these stories available […]

Whole-hearted lovers and layers of history: an interview with Mardi McConnochie, author of <i>The Voyagers</i>

Whole-hearted lovers and layers of history: an interview with Mardi McConnochie, author of The Voyagers

May 18, 2011 1

Viking, May 2011 9780670075966 (Aus, ebook) Stead, a sailor, arrives in Sydney Harbour in 1943. He hasn’t seen Marina for five years, and yet he can’t forget the three days they spent together prior to the war. Some undeniable connection had been forged. He finds out she failed to enrol in the music school she was […]

Guest review: Imogen Baratta on <i>Blue Skies</i> by Helen Hodgman

Guest review: Imogen Baratta on Blue Skies by Helen Hodgman

May 2, 2011

Text Publishing 9781921758133, March 2011 (Aus) (also UK) Reviewed by Imogen Baratta Helen Hodgman’s Blue Skies tells the story of an unnamed young wife and mother living in the ‘heart shaped island’ of Tasmania. The agonising banality of her day-to-day life plays out within the confines of stark, suffocating suburbia, amid the manicured lawns and […]

Review of <i>Yearn</i> by Tobsha Learner up at <i>Fancy Goods</i>

Review of Yearn by Tobsha Learner up at Fancy Goods

February 10, 2011

I recently reviewed Tobsha Learner’s new collection of sexy short stories, Yearn: Tales of Lust and Longing, for Bookseller+Publisher. They’ve put it up now on their Fancy Goods blog. ‘Yearn is a collection of fun, imaginative and sexy stories by the author of Tremble and Quiver, Tobsha Learner. Learner’s stories are not purely erotic, but romantic and […]

Guest review: Lisa Down on <i>Making News</i> by Tony Wilson

Guest review: Lisa Down on Making News by Tony Wilson

February 3, 2011 8

Murdoch Books July 2010 9781741969238 (Aus) reviewed by Lisa Down Remember the old saying, ‘Write what you know’? It’s an adage former AFL player, author and columnist Tony Wilson must have taken to heart. His latest offering, Making News, revolves around, well… a retired soccer player, an aspiring young columnist and an author, who make […]

Guest review: Sam Cooney on <i>The Big Issue</i> no. 359: <i>Toasty Tales</i> fiction special

Guest review: Sam Cooney on The Big Issue no. 359: Toasty Tales fiction special

July 20, 2010 12

The Big Issue no. 359: Toasty Tales fiction special Available now from street vendors, launched Wednesday 21 July at Readings Carlton Reviewed by Sam Cooney For me, The Big Issue is like a tub of Neapolitan ice-cream. It’s reliable. It’s unpretentious and doesn’t pretend to be anything except exactly what it is. You buy it every […]

Last weekend’s literary connectivity, and what I’ve been reading lately

Last weekend’s literary connectivity, and what I’ve been reading lately

July 14, 2010 1

On the weekend I was up in sunny Brisbane for the Australian Booksellers Association 2010 conference. It’s a conference for members and friends of the ABA – so, booksellers, publishers, and some librarians and media. I was officially there as a ‘blogger’ – on a panel called ‘Customers, Connections and Communities’, with Andrew McDonald from […]

Cate Kennedy’s <i>The World Beneath</i>

Cate Kennedy’s The World Beneath

December 10, 2009 2

Scribe September 2009 9781921372964 (Aus, Grove US) There’s no doubt Cate Kennedy is one of Australia’s most perceptive writers. Her short stories, which can be found in various journals and the collection Dark Roots, are rich in character and often contemplate moments of connection, all the misfires and failed connections, and their consequences. In The World Beneath, Rich wants to […]

This cumulative kind of effect when you stop: an interview with Emily Maguire on <i>Smoke in the Room</i>, part one

This cumulative kind of effect when you stop: an interview with Emily Maguire on Smoke in the Room, part one

November 3, 2009 4

In Smoke in the Room (Aus), three characters end up in a share house in Sydney. Katie works on instinct and is weighted by an overwhelming empathy. Adam, an American, is grieving and needs to save money to get home. Graeme, an aid worker, has rid himself of possessions and simplified his existence. In this […]

A ‘responsive’ interview with Kirsten Reed, author of <i>The Ice Age</i>

A ‘responsive’ interview with Kirsten Reed, author of The Ice Age

September 20, 2009 3

The Ice Age Kirsten Reed Text, 2009 9781921520747 (Aus, US/Kindle) Prompts: LiteraryMinded Responses: Kirsten Reed One of your own ‘on the road’ experiences… I was seventeen, hitching a short distance (about forty miles; this was a leg of my journey for which there was no connecting bus). The sun was about to set, and I […]

Peter Goldsworthy’s <i>Everything I Knew</i>

Peter Goldsworthy’s Everything I Knew

July 14, 2009 10

Penguin Aus ISBN 9780143009634 (paperback, August 2009) It’s 1964 in small-town South Australia and Robert Burns (like the poet) is on the cusp of adolescence. ‘Happiness is a default state’, he narrates, looking back. Reading it, no matter when or where you grew up, one can relate to that simplicity, the time before ‘adult’ aspects of […]

Sexy romance + serious issues: Toni Jordan on <i>Addition</i>

Sexy romance + serious issues: Toni Jordan on Addition

May 20, 2009 2

Addition (Text, Aus/Polebridge, US) is a sexy, smart, funny and totally refreshing read. It’s the story of numerical-obsessive Grace, and her unique navigation of life. When Grace meets Seamus, her lifestyle comes into question – the counting, the obsession with dead mathematician Nicola Tesla, the careful structures of her daily life. Can she fall messily […]

Eva Hornung on <i>Dog Boy</i>, writing and activism

Eva Hornung on Dog Boy, writing and activism

March 9, 2009 14

In October 2006, I was sitting at the airport in Bali after the Ubud Writers’ and Readers’ Festival, and Eva Hornung (then Sallis) and her gorgeous little boy came and sat next to me. I had seen her speak during the festival, and read her book Fire, Fire, which I found quite confronting. We talked […]

<i>Things We Didn’t See Coming</i> by Steven Amsterdam

Things We Didn’t See Coming by Steven Amsterdam

March 4, 2009 8

Sleepers Publishing, 9781740667012, 2009 (Aus, US) Things We Didn’t See Coming is a series of vignettes, from different stages of the unnamed protagonist’s life in a dystopian alterno-present/future. It is a post-apocalyptic story, but told in a hard-boiled, yet highly resonant literary style. The sentences are sharp, the character is hard and the environment is […]

I Dream of Magda by Stefan Laszczuk

August 17, 2008 4

Allen & Unwin, August 2008, 9781741755015 (Aus, US/Kindle) A version of this review was first published in the July 2008 issue of BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER magazine (c) 2008 Thorpe-Bowker (a division of RR Bowker LLC). George’s life consists of working in a bowling alley, staring wistfully at the tree where he and his ex shared their first […]

Misconceptions by Sophie Townsend

May 9, 2008

First published in the May 2008 issue of BOOKSELLER + PUBLISHER magazine (c) 2008 Thorpe-Bowker (a division of RR Bowker LLC) http://www.bookseller+publisher.com.au/ Bantam, 9781741667844, May 2008 (paperback) Sophie Townsend’s debut novel is both tender and readable. Best friends Ruth and Mim have been each others’ rock through countless experiences, including the death of Ruth’s mother […]