Shaun Greenhalgh author of A Forger’s Tale talks forgery, felony, and fine art

Written from a prison cell, British art forger Shaun Greenhalgh‘s memoir A Forger’s Tale details his life and work , from the faux Victorian pot lids of his childhood to the Armana princess that led Scotland Yard to his door. Accompanying the book’s release, The AU Review’s Jodie B. Sloan had a chat with Shaun about his inspiration, his incarceration, and his love of art.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: The Mysterious Mr Jacob by John Zubrzycki brings to life the days of British India

Immortalised in Rudyard Kipling’s Kim as master spy and gem trader Lurgan Sahib, Alexander Malcolm Jacob lived a life every bit as exciting as anything any author could have imagined. Now, John Zubrzycki, a former Delhi-based foreign correspondent, has pulled together extensive research to tell the story of The Mysterious Mr Jacob, bringing Nineteenth Century India well and truly back to life.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Patty Yumi Cottrell’s Sorry to Disrupt the Peace explores that most universal question: “How do I go on, when they do not?”

One day, while waiting for her roommate’s new IKEA sofa to arrive, Helen Moran receives the news that her adopted brother has committed suicide. She orders a black turtleneck to wear to the funeral, leaves a message for her boss, and books a one-way flight back to Milwaukee. But her adoptive parents are surprised to see her, and no one seems to appreciate her investigation into his death.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Jane Rawson’s From the Wreck is a haunting blend of fact and fantasy

In 1859, the steamship Admella sinks off the coast of South Australia. One of the few survivors is George Hills, who never quite manages to shake the events of the wreck. But George is haunted by more than just the cost of his survival, as a creature from another dimension who survived in the guise of a woman on board, attaches herself to his family, desperately seeking refuge and the last remnants of her own kind.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Michael Peppiatt’s Francis Bacon in Your Blood is a fascinating exploration of the artist, the author, and a decades long friendship

As a young student in Swingin’ Sixties London, Michael Peppiatt met the star of British contemporary art, Francis Bacon. Initially just hoping to secure an interview for a university magazine, what followed was thirty years of friendship, late nights, copious amounts of champagne, and an interview that never really ended.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: CARGO CLUB is a highly charged examination of personal identity, culture, and history (performances at Metro Arts, Brisbane until February 18th)

Presented as part of BrisAsia Festival, a host of international performers welcome audiences to Cargo Club, an immersive experience exploring global themes and personal experiences. Spoken word, ancient ritual, live art, and cool tunes come together as artists tell their stories, unpacking their own ‘cargo’ in a true cultural melting pot.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Libby Angel’s The Trapeze Act is a beautifully frustrating tale of a young girl struggling to define herself in a family of wild characters

Bringing up the rear of a family of circus runaways, ambitious playboy barristers, and juvenile delinquents, Loretta often finds that the best recourse is blending into the background of their scandalous and unusual existence. But Loretta cannot remain a fly on her family’s wall for much longer. As the four piece’s precarious existence begins to fall apart, Loretta’s fight to define herself begins an act every bit as dangerous and ambitious as any of those of her high-flying circus ancestors.... Read More | Share it now!