Wolf Winter reviewed by Megan

The first few pages of this brooding, suspenseful first novel by Cecilia Ekback set in Sweden in 1717 will have you hooked. A Finish family settles into the remote Laplands beneath the mystical Blackasen Mountain amidst a suspicious death in the small community.  A host of interesting characters swirl around the new family full of Read More …

Clade reviewed by Stephanie

I enjoyed this book well enough, the narrative is much about the futuristic interpretation of the impact of climate change. The characters are developed over several generations and at times I found the books a little hard to follow, it jumps around a fair bit. I am not normally a fan of science fiction of Read More …

Rush Oh! reviewed by Marie

A fictionalised account of whaling in Two Fold Bay, Eden, NSW in 1908, by Shirley Barrett. Told, supposedly, by the eldest daughter of the “headsman” George Davidson it is illustrated with sketches in black and white. The contribution of the killer whales to the success of the whale hunt is well documented. Indeed, Tom, the Read More …

The Secret Years reviewed by Marie

Cornwall, north Queensland, Townsville and New Guinea are the settings for this novel which deals with the love stories of three generations of the same family. Barbara Hannay has won two Australian romance-writing awards and is an internationally acclaimed writer. Sex is never described in detail, loss of identity and home are. An engrossing saga.

The Hands reviewed by Marie

Stephen Orr, a writer from Adelaide, has described, eloquently, the difficulties of cattle farming in the drought affected outback. The characters and how they deal with the isolation, are vividly drawn. The lack of support is evidence of the remoteness of the property, and lies and pretence are necessary for survival. The future of Harry, Read More …