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Suspenseful Australian Crime: Q&A with Dave Warner, Author of River of Salt

April 10, 2019

About Dave Warner Dave Warner is an author, musician and screenwriter. His first novel City of Light won the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award for Fiction, and Before it Breaks (2015) the Ned Kelly Award for best Australian crime fiction. His last novel Clear to the Horizon features the lead characters from both these books. Dave Warner originally came to national prominence […] - Read more


April Book Club: The Place on Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta

We’re very excited about our next Book Club guest, and we know many of you will be too. This month we’ll be talking to Melina Marchetta about The Place on Dalhousie. Melina is one of Australia’s most acclaimed writers, and her latest novel is an unforgettable story about losing love and finding love; about the interconnectedness […] - Read more


Writing Science for Non-scientist Readers: Susan Hurley on Researching and Writing Eight Lives

About the author: Susan Hurley has worked in medical research and the pharmaceutical industry for more than thirty years. Her research has been published in high profile medical journals like the Lancet and her writing has appeared in Kill Your Darlings, The Australian, The Big Issue, Mascara Literary Review and literary journals, magazines and newspapers. She was […] - Read more


Stellar Stella: And The Winner Is…

It has just been announced that a fascinating memoir about a damaged family has won one of publishing’s biggest awards… Vicki Laveau-Harvie’s memoir The Erratics has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Stella Prize. The $50,000 Stella prize is a major literary award that celebrates Australian women’s writing and champions cultural change. The Erratics tells Laveau-Harvie’s […] - Read more


Bookish News Bites: Muscles, Riches and Milestones

April 9, 2019

The big news this week includes Australia’s top authors flexing their muscles to back a big campaign, some rich writing rewards and a special anniversary. Australian Literati Flex Their Muscle The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) is co-ordinating the #FreeBehrouz campaign to resettle award-winning journalist and author, Behrouz Boochani in Australia. Boochani’s book, No Friend […] - Read more


Compelling, Powerful, Moving: Review of Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith

It’s November 1985, and in wintery Leningrad, 24-year-old Galina Kogan is trying desperately to come to terms with the unexpected death of her mother. It was always Galina and her mother against the world, and for the past few months, the pair had been quietly planning a move to America, that fabled land of freedom […] - Read more


Smart, Classy, Intriguing: Review of The Van Apfel Girls are Gone by Felicity McLean

April 8, 2019

As we all know, letting go of the past is not always easy especially when it comes to horrible experiences. For Tikka Malloy, the young schoolgirl in The Van Apfel Girls are Gone, it is particularly difficult given that when she was ‘eleven and one-sixth old,’ her three best friends vanished mysteriously. At a time […] - Read more


Creepy, Gothic Thriller: Review of Michelle Paver’s Wakenhyrst

‘Wakenhyrst is an outstanding new piece of story-telling, a tale of mystery and imagination laced with terror.’  Spanning five centuries, Wakenhyrst is a grand gothic tale and psychological thriller. It opens in 1966. At nearly 70, Maud Stearne has been living the life of a recluse for 50 years in the tiny village of Wakenhyrst in the Suffolk […] - Read more


Josephine Moon’s Heart-Rending Novel: Review of The Gift of Life

‘This is a profound and moving book about the deeper mysteries of love and loss – and the priceless gift of life.’ You’ve been given the gift of life, now go live it. Gabby McPhee is the owner of The Tin Man, a chic new cafe and coffee roasting house in Melbourne. It has been […] - Read more