Paul Howarth’s ONLY KILLERS AND THIEVES

This incredible novel is a genre I am a big fan of but have never come across in an Australian setting before (and you have to wonder why). This is a western set in outback Queensland in 1885. It combines the historical fiction of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River with the visceral brutality of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and is a book that won’t let you go. … More Paul Howarth’s ONLY KILLERS AND THIEVES

Trent Dalton’s BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE

There are truly great books that come out every year. Some years a great book breaks your heart. Another year a great book is so profound you can’t stop thinking about. And another year a great book is so much fun you can’t stop reading it and talking about. And once every so often a truly great book does all of those things and becomes your new benchmark for what a great book really is. Boy Swallows Universe is one of those books. … More Trent Dalton’s BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE

Maxine Beneba Clarke’s THE HATE RACE

Reading Foreign Soil was like be introduced to a raw power. Like most short story collections there were stories that burst out of the book and others that slowly simmered but in every story Maxine’s power as a writer was apparent and you came away from the collection knowing that when she turned her attention to one subject, one narrative for a whole book, it was going to be something to behold. And that is exactly what she had done with The Hate Race turning her attention on herself and her childhood growing up in Western Sydney. … More Maxine Beneba Clarke’s THE HATE RACE