Blood Born by Kathryn Fox

**** (four stars – an excellent book as per Bookseller+Publisher ratings system) Published by Macmillan, $29.99 tpb, ISBN: 9781405039314 The list of Kathryn Fox’s crime-writing peers who have praised her earlier novels—Malicious Intent, Without Consent and Skin and Bone is impressive and includes Jeffery Deaver and Lee Child. Fans of her gutsy protaganist Dr Anya […]

She Played Elvis: A pilgrimage to Graceland by Shady Cosgrove

**** (four stars – an excellent book as per Bookseller+Publisher ratings system) Published by Allen & Unwin $26.99, pb, ISBN 9781741752748 This is an enjoyable and skillfully delivered memoir combining a road trip and homage to Elvis with a quest for ‘home’ and ‘self’. Humour and wit sit comfortably alongside melancholy and loss—there is rawness […]

Pharaohs, Punk, and Prophesy

A coveted ancient artefact, Egyptian magic, London Punks and the hotbed of Middle-Eastern politics are all part of the mix in Tobsha Learner’s new novel. Set predominantly in Egypt and opening in 1977—a very significant time in the region’s politics, Sphinx is narrated by Oliver Warnock, a geophysicist/oil geologist whose wife Isabella is a marine […]

The Window Seat by Archie Weller

UQP, $24.95 pb, ISBN 9780702237157 These 19 stories by award-winning, Indigenous, West Australian author Archie Weller are published here together for the first time. Retrospective in scope, the collection ranges from his very early work (including the first stories he ever wrote), to more recent and commissioned works. These are stories about finding identity within […]

Ways of Escape by Hugh Mackay

Hachette, $32.99 tpb, ISBN 9780733623479 If you had the chance to escape from your life, would you? If so how? Readers will probably know Hugh Mackay as a journalist and social researcher and may be surprised to hear that this is his fifth novel. Set in suburban Sydney, it’s an extension of, not a sequel […]

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