Book Review / Beneath the Willow by Michael J Murphy
By Robert Fairhead
“Murphy had me invested emotionally in the lives of his characters and hopeful for their future after the opening scene of domestic violence and the pain and sorrow of war.” – Robert Fairhead reviews Beneath the Willow by Michael J Murphy
Book Review / Zebra, and other stories by Debra Adelaide
By Ashleigh Meikle
“Each story is subversive, touching on the things we do not often speak about, the things about ourselves that we must hide from the public in order to conform.” Ashleigh Meikle reviews Zebra by Debra Adelaide.
Book Review / Australia Day by Melanie Cheng
By Amanda McLeod
“Despite the diversity of characters in this collection, each story shares a common thread: people experiencing a sense of displacement who are searching for belonging. However, as Cheng astutely observes through each tale, that sense of belonging can prove elusive in the complexity of contemporary Australia.” – Amanda McLeod reviews Australia Day by Melanie Cheng
Book Review / Meet Me at the Intersection – edited by Rebecca Lim and Ambelin Kwaymullina
By Annie Zhang
“With this anthology, Ambelin Kwaymullina and Rebecca Lim have created a new and vital space in Australian literature. Here, marginalised identities have been brought to the fore in all their complexity, power and beauty.”
Annie Zhang reviews Meet Me at the Intersection, edited by Rebecca Lim and Ambelin Kwaymullina.
Book Review / Injury Time by Clive James
By Beatriz Copello
“The important thing in his poetry is that he does not feel sorry for himself nor dwells on the knowledge that his days are numbered. On the contrary his poems are a song to life.”
Beatriz Copello reviews Injury Time by Clive James.
Book Review / No Friend but the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani
By Myra Opdyke
“In this novel, Boochani has woven his own experiences in to a tale which is at once beautiful and harrowing, creating a valuable contribution to Australia’s literary canon.”
Myra Opdyke reviews Behrouz Boochani’s No Friend But the Mountains.
Book Review / Hugo Makes a Change by Scott Emmons
By Lucie Towers
“If you’re going to sink your teeth into one picture book about eating a balanced diet…Hugo Makes a Change makes for a read as sweet, juicy and refreshing as a big red crunchy apple on a dark moonlit night. It’s an absolute treat.”
Lucie Towers reviews Hugo Makes a Change by Scott Emmons.