Estore 25


Three short reviews of recent Australian fiction

Three Australian authors, all award nominees/winners, writing stories of loss and tragic love set in uniquely Australian landscapes... Read full post

Review of Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

They said I must die. They said that I stole the breath from men, and now they must steal mine.  Read full post

Review of The Arrival by Shaun Tan

One of my all-time favourite books, Shaun Tan’s The Arrival is an intelligent graphic novel for older children with enough magic and sophisticated emotion to capture the hearts of adults. Through the universal language of pictures, Tan gives voice to the diverse personal tales of immigrants, tackling themes of identity and multiculturalism with unusual depth and subtlety.  Read full post

Review of Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko

When something beautiful and grief are made of the same stuff. Read full post

Review of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

In an extended flashback we meet thirteen year old Theo Decker in the moments before a bomb explodes, killing his mother and leaving him devastated, disoriented and alone. In the remains of a smoke-filled room, surrounded by debris and death, he struggles to right himself.  Read full post

Review of The Red Tree by Shaun Tan

Don't be fooled by the page length of Shaun Tan's The Red Tree, or the fact that it's a picture book. What is on the surface a children's book is in reality something deeper, something more grown up.  Read full post

Review of Three Crooked Kings by Matthew Condon

Three Crooked Kings tells a story we are familiar with in the abstract – the Fitzgerald Enquiry was front page news in the late 80s – but gives it new life by bringing us into direct contact with the personalities involved. Read full post