Books Reviews

Australian Fiction

David Malouf, Remembering Babylon

 

Australian non-fiction

Helen Garner, Joe Cinque’s Consolation

A tale about the line that determines the law, and the invisible one that is moral culpability.

Emerging Writers

 

International literary fiction

 

Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies

Set during the Opium Wars.

An ambitious start to an international historic trilogy.

Kazuo Ishiguo, Never Let Me Go

Reminiscent of Gattaca. Powerful and heart braeking

Hang Kang, The Vegetarian

Translated from Korean – a powerful and relevant metaphor

Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds

A powerful story akin to War and Peace, and All is Quiet on Western Front

 

Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

A poetic and powerful take on family drama

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein

Bold and horrifying – if it hasn’t been spoiled for you already

Marcus Zusak, I am the Messenger

If I was more emotional, would render me to tears.

Powerful, moving and Fascinating.

 

International non-fiction

Solomon Northrup, 12 Years a Slave12 Years a Slave

Powerful and heartbreaking. One of the only memoirs of a literate slave

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