Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence – Doris Pilkington Garimara/Nugi Garimara

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington, Nugi Garimara Published by University of Queensland Press on 19th September 2002 Pages: 136 Goodreads This extraordinary story of courage and faith is based on the actual experiences of three girls who fled from the repressive life of Moore River Native Settlement, following along the rabbit-proof fence back […]

The Hunter – Julia Leigh

The Hunter by Julia Leigh Published by Penguin Australia on July 9th 2012 Pages: 180 Goodreads An unnamed man, M, arrives at a remote house on the fringe of a vast wilderness and soon disappears into a world of silence and stillness. His one mission: to find the last thylacine, the fabled Tasmanian tiger. She […]

Killing Kitchener – Steve Sailah

Killing Kitchener by Steve Sailah on 2017 Goodreads ‘One bloody bullet gets you in the end, he said as he coughed up a mouthful of blood and exhaled one last long breath…’ A single murder lies at the heart of this compelling crime mystery that moves from the battlefields of Turkey and Palestine to the […]

A Cartload of Clay – George Johnston

A Cartload of Clay – George Johnston

A Cartload Of Clay; A Novel by George Henry Johnston on January 1st 1970 Goodreads My Brother Jack is one of the most important books about the Australian depression in the 1930s that I’ve read. It shows it as it must really have been. And then there are the sequels. Clean Straw for Nothing and […]

From Here to There – Jon Faine & Jack Faine

From Here to There – Jon Faine & Jack Faine

From Here to There: a father and son road trip adventure from Melbourne to London by Jon Faine, Jack Faine Published by HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd on 2010 Pages: 352 Goodreads ‘Somehow, I convinced myself it was a good idea. Somehow, I convinced myself that it was do-able. Now I shake my head… We […]

Dog Boy – Eva Hornung

Dog Boy by Eva Hornung Published by Viking Adult on March 18th 2010 Pages: 304 Goodreads A vivid, riveting novel about an abandoned boy who takes up with a pack of feral dogs Two million children roam the streets in late twentieth-century Moscow. A four-year-old boy named Romochka, abandoned by his mother and uncle, is […]

Only the Animals – Ceridwen Dovey

Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey Published by Penguin Group on 2014 Pages: 248 Goodreads The souls of ten animals caught up in human conflicts over the last century tell their astonishing stories of life and death. In a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette’s theatrical antics in Paris. In […]

The Swan Book – Alexis Wright

The Swan Book – Alexis Wright

The Swan Book by Alexis Wright on 2013 Pages: 354 Goodreads The Swan Book is set in the future, with Aboriginals still living under the Intervention in the north, in an environment fundamentally altered by climate change. It follows the life of a mute young woman called Oblivia, the victim of gang-rape by petrol-sniffing youths, […]

Paratalk or torque?

My new column, with a title that somehow makes sense. From now on until I stop I will be examining a paragraph in whatever detail I choose. This is also a good time for guests to pop in and do their own paragraph. Today’s paragraph comes from Here’s Luck by Lennie Lower. Lower is considered […]

Heritage Trilogy: Bloodline – Alan Gold and Mike Jones

Bloodline (Heritage Trilogy, #1) by Alan Gold, Mike Jones Published by Simon & Schuster Australia on November 1st 2013 Pages: 448 Goodreads Two individuals from different countries but who share one ancestral bloodline race to thwart a terrorist plot in Jerusalem—the first heart-pounding book in a new epic trilogy that delves into the dark underbelly […]