Category: Book Review


‘Book of Colours’ by Robyn Cadwallader 

‘All of life’, mediaeval life, was here in this book. If you are interested in medieval history, and particularly in reading richly textured and immersive historical fiction, this is the novel for you. Robyn Cadwallader does a wonderful job of illuminating the imagined lives of limners’ in 14th century London. She successfully interweaves multiple perspectives and, it seems to me, reveals the joys, the … Read More ‘Book of Colours’ by Robyn Cadwallader 


Normal People by Sally Rooney

  Well there was not much ‘normal’ about this fabulous novel. It blew me away and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Sally Rooney, in her inimitable sparse yet poignant style, tells a story that wrings the heart and kept me turning the pages with frenzied angst. I enjoyed ‘Conversation with Friends’, which I read back at the tail-end of 2017, but I enjoyed … Read More Normal People by Sally Rooney


The Fragments by Toni Jordan

This was a wonderful start to my reading in 2019. The Fragments is a beautiful written and evocative story about a young woman’s friendship with an acclaimed, but reclusive, author in 1930s, and the determination of bookseller, Caddie Walker, to find out what happened to her. Events unfold in two timelines and finally converge when the truth behind a tragic fire in 1939 is … Read More The Fragments by Toni Jordan

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

  Somehow I got distracted when I started reading Tin Man towards the end of last year (too much Christmassy nonsense I should think). Picked it up again this evening and read it in one sitting. It  broadly revolves around Ellis, a man who works repairing dents in car panels, and his relationships with the people around him. That might sound uninspiring at first … Read More Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Scrublands by Chris Hammer

  I thought this was another really great crime novel and Chris Hammer’s evocative writing immediately drew me in to the story of small town, beyond the burbs, Australia. Hammer’s descriptions of Riversend, an imaginary town in the outback, were brilliantly depicted, and from the outset the detail had me immersed in the searing heat and dust – the desiccating and physically debilitating pressure … Read More Scrublands by Chris Hammer


Book Swallows Reader

  Perhaps this novel should be retitled – Book Swallows Reader. I was completely absorbed, swallowed whole by the world created by Trent Dalton in this, his debut novel. To most people, young Eli Bell’s life would seem a horrific mess (junkie mother, heroin-dealing stepfather, ex-murder crime babysitter, mute brother …) but recounted from a child’s perspective this story is told with a captivating … Read More Book Swallows Reader


Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett

Past the Shallows by Favel ParrettPast the Shallows is a haunting story about family bonds: with only memories of their mother, three brothers, Joe, Miles and Harry, are left to fend for themselves, living with a father who is unpredictable, often drunk and unsympathetic. Life for Miles and Harry, in a remote community on the south coast of Tasmania, becomes even worse when their … Read More Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett


Wimmera by Mark Brandi

Wimmera by Mark Brandi Fab and Ben are best friends, living in a small rural town, Wimmera, Australia. This tightly written story pulsated with tension from start to finish. It’s written in two parts – the boys’ childhood and when they are adults. Brandi brilliantly captures the awkwardness, naivety, aspirations and loyalties of the two young boys – the threat of violence or mishap … Read More Wimmera by Mark Brandi


Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic

The stakes go through the roof in this fantastic debut by talented @Emmaviskic @echo_publishing Can’t wait to get my hands on ‘And Fire Came Down’. A must read!


Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall

‘The sky was clear and blue forever that day. Clear and blue and so bright. Sunlight fell through the leaves, forming dark shadows and spots so blindingly white they forced me to look away.’ With the opening words of Skylarking, Kate Mildenhall had me spellbound and I knew I was safe in the hands of a masterful storyteller. This novel entranced and enchanted me, … Read More Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall


The Nowhere Child by Christian White

What if you discovered you were abducted as a child and the people you think are you parents are in fact your kidnappers?


The Lace Weaver by Lauren Chater

Lauren Chater knows how to spin a great yarn… In her debut novel, The Lace Weaver, Lauren Chater brings us a fresh perspective of World War 2, as it was experienced in Estonia. The story of two women, Katarina and Lydia, is interwoven into a gripping tale about friendship and survival. With their lives shattered by the oppressive occupying regimes of first communist Russia … Read More The Lace Weaver by Lauren Chater