Tag Archives: Australian author

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 […]

Silent predator

by Tony Park Last year I had the pleasure of attending a talk by Australian author Tony Park at my local library. Tony spoke about why he is so passionate about living in South Africa and his inspirations for writing stories set there. I was captivated and decided to read one of his books. I chose Silent Predator. I was […]

Thea Astley – The Multiple effects of Rainshadow

Wow, this is one of those books that when you finish it you just sit there for a bit, staring at the book and trying to compose your thoughts. It is beautifully written but boy is it bleak. The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow is based on true events on Palm Island in Northern Queensland in […]

January 07

Nine Days by Toni Jordan

Nine Days is an easy but intriguing read. It follows nine people on nine significant days in their lives. It spans generations but ultimately revolves around one family and a photo that was taken during WWII in Melbourne. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different character. At first I found this frustrating […]

December 19

Reluctantly Charmed

Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill. Post by Kyla. When Kate McDaid has her birthday she finds she’s the beneficiary of a will that is over 100 years old.  To claim the inheritance she needs to follow a series of instructions which she hopes will go unnoticed by others. Quite the opposite occurs and Kate’s increasingly […]

December 15

A Small Free Kiss in the Dark

A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard. Post by Jenni. The best books take readers into the ordinary places and routines in the lives of ostensibly unexceptional characters, and transform their interactions into things of beauty and rarity. In many such novels, as this one, the writing style is unostentatious, not particularly […]