Shortlist for the 2018 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize announced

This week the shortlist for the 2018 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize was unveiled to the public, with Claire Aman (NSW), Sharmini Aphrodite (Singapore) & Madelaine Lucas (NSW/USA) each getting the nod. This year the prize attracted  almost 1,200 entries from writers from across the globe. The winning author will receive $7,000, whilst the shortlisted stories will also appear in the August Fiction issue of the Australian Book Review.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Shelley Davidow’s Shadow Sisters is a bold look at the conflicted realities of South Africa’s apartheid-era

Shelley Davidow is an author and academic who grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era. Davidow is white, and looking back she knows that during her formative years she experienced privilege and certain allowances due to her skin colour. This theme of race relations and how one family negotiated this oppressive arrangement is the subject of her memoir, Shadow Sisters. This is ultimately a raw and poignant look at familial love.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Michelle Scott Tucker’s Elizabeth Macarthur is a love letter to a successful businesswoman in a fledgling colony

We so often read about history but what about her-story? At school many of us learned about the contributions of John Macarthur to Australia’s agricultural industry. But little has been said about his wife, Elizabeth Macarthur, another integral player in this story. Michelle Scott Tucker rectifies this  with her debut, the engaging biography: Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life At The Edge Of The World.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Kitty Flanagan’s Bridge Burning & Other Hobbies is a loose look at some funny episodes from Flanagan’s life

Kitty Flanagan is an accomplished stand-up and regular on TV shows like Utopia and The Weekly With Charlie Pickering. She is a chronic over-thinker in the best possible way, and this is evident in her first book: Bridge Burning & Other Hobbies. A collection of funny anecdotes and personal stories, readers will find this book as relatable and enjoyable as her topical stand-up.... Read More | Share it now!

Five things you need to know about Will Larnach-Jones’ Debut Book 50 Queer Music Icons

If you like your music and are looking for a book that celebrates LGBTQI legends then 50 Queer Music Icons is the one for you. This is the first book from former Presets manager, Will Larnach-Jones. It was recently launched at APRA’s headquarters in Sydney. The AU’s Natalie Salvo brings you the five things you need to know about this exciting new title.... Read More | Share it now!

Kamila Shamsie takes home 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction

Home Fire, the British Pakistani author’s seventh novel, is a contemporary re-imagining of Sophocles’ Ancient Greek tragedy, Antigone. Freed of the responsibility of caring for her younger siblings, Isma Pasha heads to America to study. But she can’t help but be drawn back into the lives of the twins; headstrong Anneeka alone in London, and her brother Parvaiz, who has run away to Syria and joined ISIS, following in their radical father’s footsteps.... Read More | Share it now!

Interview: Author Raymond A. Villareal gives us the lowdown on his debut novel, A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising

A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising isn’t your everyday horror novel. Presented as an oral history, it’s a chilling mix of witness statements, legal documents, and interviews, and it should come as no surprise that the film rights have already been snapped up by Fox and 21 Laps, the team behind Stranger Things.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Power and politics meet a horror icon in Raymond A. Villareal’s inventive and chilling debut: A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising

In the very near future, a virus dubbed NOBI stalks the population. Those infected with it become something more than human, and designate themselves Gloamings. Attractive, powerful, and exciting, these modern day vampires have thousands clamouring to be like them. But a few see them as they really are, bloodthirsty and dangerous, and as Gloaming influence over the world increases, they begin a futile fight to halt the spread of the virus. But how can you stop something that has infiltrated the highest levels of politics and business? And, even worse, how can you stop something that people choose to catch?... Read More | Share it now!