Category Archives: Australia

Review: BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty

Somewhere in the almost 16 hours of the audio version of BIG LITTLE LIES is a good story. Even a great one, though the ending was too schmaltzy for my tastes. But that good story is only 8 hours long. … Continue reading

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Review: CRIMES OF THE FATHER by Tom Keneally

There is a type of book it is difficult to discuss. Books which tackle big, important subjects. Books which tackle big, important subjects involving injustice on an almost unimaginable scale. With such books even the mildest of criticism is, often, … Continue reading

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Review: THE LIGHT ON THE WATER by Olga Lorenzo

THE LIGHT ON THE WATER is the story of Anne Baxter and I can’t introduce her plight better than her creator does in the opening pages How could it have come to this? No signpost ever pointed here. The idea … Continue reading

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Review: THIS HOUSE OF GRIEF by Helen Garner

I am generally too much of a coward to delve into true crime which is, of necessity, rarely neat. Although I often claim to like my crime fiction realistic that, if I’m totally honest, is only up to a point. … Continue reading

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When a crime reader turns to romance

If my mother’s weekly trips to the library had resulted in a never-ending stream of Georgette Heyer and Catherine Cookson books instead of the mountains of Agatha Christie and Dick Francis novels she adored (and I started devouring at a … Continue reading

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Review: CLAUSTROPHOBIA by Tracy Ryan

Despite its repeated references to the novels of Patricia Highsmith, Agatha Christie and Georges Simenon I wouldn’t call CLAUSTROPHOBIA crime fiction and not just because I set myself a personal challenge to read outside my comfort zone a little more … Continue reading

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Review: BARRACUDA by Christos Tsiolkas

Having struggled my way through the author’s previous book twice I approached BARRACUDA with more than a little trepidation but it only took me a few pages to realise it was a book I could lose myself in So I … Continue reading

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Review: NO PLACE LIKE HOME by Caroline Overington

This is the third of Caroline Overington’s five published novels that I’ve read and though they are all standalone stories they share some characteristics. The most obvious of these is that they explore some aspect of officialdom that appears to have … Continue reading

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Review: THE STEELE DIARIES by Wendy James

One of the reasons often given for why writing by women is not as visible as that by men is that women tend to write about domestic life while men tend to discusses Important Things. But if Australia’s favourite novel, Tim Winton’s … Continue reading

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Review: FLOUNDERING by Romy Ash

There’s no getting away from the fact that Romy Ash’s début novel FLOUNDERING has garnered a lot of attention on the Australian literary scene. It was shortlisted for last year’s Vogel Award (for unpublished manuscripts) and this year as a … Continue reading

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