Tag Archives: Australian fiction

Heaven Tempers the Wind by Hazel Barker reviewed by Jill Smith

Book Review by Jill Smith©Oct16 Title: Heaven Tempers the Wind – Story of a War Child Author: Hazel Barker Publisher: Armour Books This is a memoir of a lovely lady I know through the Writers club. Hazel is a gentle soul with eyes that view the world in a positive light. This story is a […]

January 04

Two steps forward

Two steps forward Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist is an interesting concept – a husband & wife team, both authors, collaborating to write a novel about walking the Camino Track. The male voice is a Yorkshire man, the female a Californian. They tell their stories in alternating chapters. They have very different reasons for walking and their fellow […]

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.” […]

November 04

Fall under the spell of The Bird’s Child

The Bird’s Child by Sandra Leigh Price is a novel crafted upon symbolism, magic, spells and dreams, illusion and deception with a nasty spatter of revenge thrown in the mix. The book is mostly set in 1929 in Sydney, Australia. The novel features three displaced characters, who all find themselves living at Miss Du Maurier’s […]

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 […]

August 29

Stars across the ocean

The main character in Stars across the ocean is foundling Agnes Resolute. Agnes was raised at Perdita Hall orphanage and advised that upon her coming of age, she would join society and practice her trade (she is a seamstress).The year is 1874 and in alignment with societal practice of the era, Agnes is advised not to aim […]

July 25

Nice covers – what’s inside’s good too!

We don’t often focus on cover design here on Book Coasters, but Nicks Earls’ Wisdom Tree series demands attention. A series of five highly readable novellas, the covers won the Australian Book Design Awards 2017 for best series. We love the covers, but the words inside aren’t bad either! If you haven’t starting reading them yet, […]

June 22

Monica McInerney – meet the author and read her latest novel – out now!

Are you an avid Monica McInerney reader? We’re very excited that the bestselling author is coming to Helensvale Library on Friday 7 July to launch her new book The Trip of a Lifetime! This free event runs from 6.30 to 8pm and places are strictly limited, so if you want to meet the author, book your […]

February 15

The Lake House

The Lake House by Kate Morton Post by Sandra This is a magnificent story set in Cornwall at a beautiful country  estate in earlier times of the twentieth century and also the modern day of 2003. It also involves a wonderful sweep of history, including the first world war and also the later years after the […]

February 07

Everywhere I look by Helen Garner

Reviewed by Bindi Everywhere I look by Helen Garner Everywhere I look is a collection of essays and diary entries by renowned Australian fiction and non-fiction writer, Helen Garner. Garner wisely and deliberately considers all sorts of situations, feelings and moments and helps the reader reflect on being human. It’s a beautifully written bunch of […]