Wundersmith

Wundersmith

Wundersmith Jessica Townsend   Book of the year at the ABI Awards in 2018, Nevermoor’s sequel, Wundersmith was recently released by Lothian books. As well as being a fantastic whirlwind fantasy it also has the added appeal of supporting a Queensland writer. Hailed by some as the next (and Australian) J.K. Rowling (minus every questionable [...]

Heaven Sent

Heaven Sent

Heaven Sent S.J Morgan Midnight Sun 2018 S.J Morgan’s Heaven Sent is a fun, easy-to-read Young Adult debut. Following Evie, an Australian sixteen-year-old with a crooked spine, the novel examines the complications of separated parents, new love, and mental illness. This novel is home to some strong, if inconsistent, writing and I ripped through it [...]

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 [...]

Lillian Armfield: How Australia’s First Female Detective Took on Tilly Devine and the Razor Gangs and Changed the Face of the Force

Lillian Armfield: How Australia’s First Female Detective Took on Tilly Devine and the Razor Gangs and Changed the Face of the Force

Lillian Armfield: How Australia’s First Female Detective Took on Tilly Devine and the Razor Gangs and Changed the Face of the Force Leigh Straw Hachette 2018   Leigh Straw’s striking biography about Australia’s first policewoman, Lillian Armstrong, provides an insight into the life of the trailblazer that paved the way for Australian women in the [...]

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 [...]