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.
Book Review / Dark Convicts by Judy Johnson
By Beatriz Copello
“Not many people know that in the first fleet there were 11 black men; most of them had been convicted for petty crimes.” Beatriz Copello reviews Judy Johnson’s Dark Convicts, an insightful book of historic poetry based on Johnson’s own ancestry.
Book Review / Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
By Myra Opdyke
“Bridge of Clay is a quiet rollercoaster, with each phrase written as if it carries a great weight. It is a novel in celebration of the small things in life and the simple, fleeting moments that make up our lives.”
Myra Opdyke reviews Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak.
Book Review / Blakwork by Alison Whittaker
By Kyra Thomsen
“Always, a mirror is held up for the reader to re-examine themselves in the reflection of the work and the struggles of Indigenous peoples.”
Kyra Thomsen reviews Blakwork by Alison Whittaker, a poetry collection which provokes thought on contemporary and historical Indigenous consciousness in our society.
Book Review / The Book of Ordinary People by Claire Varley
By Amanda McLeod
“Varley has experience working in migrant and refugee communities, and in violence prevention initiatives, which lends her fiction an authentic voice and genuine gravitas.”
Amanda Mcleod reviews The Book of Ordinary People, a snapshot of present-day multiculteral Australia.
Book Review / The Passengers by Eleanor Limprecht
By Amanda McLeod
“Limprecht’s research shines through in the rich detail that brings Sarah’s journey to life. Her recreation of wartime Sydney is vibrant, perfectly capturing the blend of excitement and uncertainty in that era.”
Amanda McLeod reviews The Passengers by Eleanor Limprecht, an immersive novel about life in early Sydney.
Book Review / Apple and Knife by Intan Paramaditha
By Annie Zhang
“Her stories thrum with undercurrents of anger at the unjust hands these women are continuously dealt.”
Annie Zhang reviews Apple and Knife by Intan Paramaditha, a collection of stories which challenge our traditional notions of the heroin and her role.
Book Review / A Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski
By Jan Allerton
“Would you join a book club that might challenge you to change your life? This one’s more than wine and laughs.”
Jan Allerton reviews A Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski, a compelling novel about four women who take a month away from normality.