Tag Archives: Australian author

January 16

An isolated incident by Emily Maguire

The small town of Strathdee is thrown into shock following the brutal murder of a local girl. As the town rallies to support her grief stricken sister and deal with the frenzied media interest, tensions build and suspicions surface in the most surprising places. This novel explores a community’s grief, a sister’s despair and need […]

Kate’s Choice by Laura O’Connell reviewed by Jill Smith

  Kate Mitchell is an army wife. Where Dusty goes she follows. She married him hoping for an adventurous life. When he deployed in Afghanistan she believed he would return to her whole. He was a professional soldier. She is lonely and only wants her man home with her. Kate is a painter and her creative side always […]

JO-KIN VS LORD TERRA Super Space Kids 2 by Karen Tyrrell reviewed by Jill Smith

Josh Atkins is happy at school. He is making friends and feeling good about himself. When he gets a message to rejoin the Super Space Kids team again he tries to ignore it. When Captain Nova turns up at school and tells him that he has to help save his younger sister Pandora. He will collect […]

River of Gold

River of gold by Hector Holthouse. Post by Caroline. Based on documentary evidence from the period, this is a really interesting description of the places and events during the Palmer River gold rush in far north Queensland. The harshness of life during these times for everyone is almost beyond belief, and yet is part of […]

November 15

Extinctions by Josephine Wilson

Josephine Wilson won this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award for this novel. The judges described Extinctions as “compassionate and unapologetically intelligent…a meditation on survival: on what people carry, on how they cope, and on why they might, after so much putting their head in the sand, come to a decision to engage, and even change.” […]

September 08

Big little lies by Liane Moriarty

Big little lies by Liane Moriarty Why are mothers so hard on themselves yet so judgemental of other mothers? This story is set in an upmarket beachside suburb and portrays the lives and bad behaviour of a group of parents whose children all attend the local school. The politics that surrounds their cliques and the […]

Down the Dirt Roads by Rachael Treasure

As I near the end of Down the Dirt Roads one word starts to stand out, to shine, to sparkle and glitter the pages and that word is LOVE. Not the love sort through the latest reality shows on television but a love for family, friends, fellowmen (persons), a love for all of God’s creatures, […]

November 17

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. Married Sam and Clementine have a wonderful but busy life- they also have two young daughters.Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine – a cellist – is busy preparing for an audition. So when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with […]

July 12

Where the Trees Were by Inga Simpson

Reviewed by Susan I would describe this book as a ‘love song to the landscape’,  as it so evocatively describes the characters’ relationships with it, as if the landscape itself has a personality. Written alternately from the perspective of Jay as a teenager and then as a young woman, the novel traverses the country of Western […]

Vale Gillian Mears (1964-2016)

From the ABC: “The literary world is mourning the death of award-winning Australian author Gillian Mears, who has died aged 51. Mears died on her family’s property near Grafton, in northern New South Wales, earlier in the week. She had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) 17 years ago. Her works Ride a Cock Horse and […]