Shaun Prescott’s second novel is a gothic tale of skin-crawling, psychological dysfunction.
Norman Daly’s 1972 exhibition, ‘The Civilization of Llhuros,’ presented fiction as fact – and reminded viewers of just how easily they could be duped.
Four different authors – Sarah Moss, Roddy Doyle, Anne Tyler and Gary Shteyngart – tell four different stories of life in a time of COVID.
The Gothic horrorshow of Ottessa Moshfegh’s latest novel has sharply divided critical opinion.
This Book Week, don’t stress about the costume and don’t worry about what the other mums or dads are sewing or buying. Costumes are fun but what matters is to let your kid read what they enjoy.
Jay Carmichael’s novel explores how Australian same-sex attracted men lived during the repressive period after the end of the second world war. But does it impose present concerns on the past?
When Stephanie Trigg was a young reader, The Gentle Falcon, set in 1396, introduced her to the beauty and danger of the medieval world.
Ken Cameron’s film of Helen Garner’s Monkey Grip is dark, yearning, weird – and incredibly sexy – writes Ronnie Scott.
Bodies of Light is brutally precise in its portrayal of the enduring consequences of a traumatic childhood.
Shades of classic literature are discernible in The Diplomat, a novel that delves into the disreputable worlds of art and drug addiction.
Two new books examine the life and legacy of an inspiring poet whose work resisted patriarchal constraints.
Persuasion is a distinctly romantic modern comedy in tone – but how much does historical accuracy matter?
Pure Colour confirms Sheila Heti as one of the most inventive, searching, scintillating and mind-bending writers working today.
At Certain Points We Touch tells the story of a doomed relationship in a way that explores the parallels between writing and coming out.
The old-fashioned Hollywood femme fatale leaps off the leopard skin rug to hijack the narrative in this lurid, avant-garde novel.
Verbal abilities provide benefits in school and in one’s career. Fostering a love for stories and fiction in children should be a high priority.
Julian Barnes’ Elizabeth Finch is an unrequited love story and a philosophical novel that asks how we understand ourselves and others.
In her latest book, the Pulitzer Prize winning author suggests how the 21st century novel might renew itself.
In her second novel, Yumna Kassab delves into the connections and unspoken traumas of regional communities.
Part historical novel, part speculative fiction, A History of Dreams examines the themes of inequality and authoritarianism from the perspective of a coven of witchy young women.