Bridge of Clay

Bridge of Clay

Bridge of Clay Markus Zusak Picador 2018 As a fan of Markus Zusak’s previous work (The Book Thief, The Messenger, and When Dogs Cry) there was no doubt in my mind I’d love Bridge of Clay when I read it. Yet Bridge of Clay raised a number of questions about the book and the evolution [...]

In Conversation: Malaika Gilani

In Conversation: Malaika Gilani

In 2016 Malaika Gilani published her first poetry collection: Untold Journeys. She was seventeen. This year she has been a part of the global anthology, I Bared My Chest, comprising of 21 phenomenal women telling their stories. Recently I had the chance to interview this Melbourne-based poet and talk about inspiration, writing advice, and poetry. [...]

Big Rough Stones

Big Rough Stones

Big Rough Stones Margaret Merrilees Wakefield Press 2018 An awe-inspiring testament to the feminist movement in Australia, particularly South Australia and Victoria during the 1970s and 80s, Big Rough Stones follows the women of a collective throughout their lives together. Focused on one particularly fiery lesbian, Ro, the novel looks back on her life, her [...]

Miss Marryat’s Circle

Miss Marryat’s Circle

Miss Marryat’s Circle Cheryl Williss Wakefield Press Miss Marryat’s Circle is a comprehensive and well-researched exploration of the role of women in South Australian history. Focusing on the influential Marryat family, Williss chronologically details the contributions of the Marryats from their 1836 arrival to Miss Mabel Marryat’s death in 1949.   Williss attempts to tell [...]

The Psychopath Test

The Psychopath Test

Jon Ronson Picador 2011 When a mysterious book is anonymously delivered to several of the world’s best brains, the Curious George of journalists gets involved when none of them can crack the code.  Someone has single-handedly sent the earth’s leading experts into a simultaneous tailspin, and Jon Ronson is sent to find out who they [...]

Neverland

Neverland

Margot McGovern Random House 2011 Everyone knows Peter Pan; it’s the tale of a young boy who finds his way to a magical land, full of adventure and pirates, and as long as he remains there he will never grow up. It speaks to our sense of existential dread about aging and having to leave [...]

Renegades

Renegades

Marissa Meyer has constructed a detailed future world where anarchy has finally lost to the Reign of the Renegades - a group of virtuous superheroes. Although, for the Anarchists who once ran Galton City, there is a simmering discontentment as they plot to take down the Renegades by using with their new weapon – Nova, [...]

Adelaide Writers Week: The Garden of Literary Delights

Adelaide Writers Week: The Garden of Literary Delights

Adelaide Writers Week is an institution in this city. It is the largest celebration of literature in Adelaide. Every year authors and readers are brought together for six glorious days of thrilling panels and discussions, Q & A’s and signings, with writers from a wide range of genres, both locally and internationally. This year I [...]