Beyoncé may have sung about girls running the world but Jennifer Palmieri considered this a certainty until it was wrenched away in 2016. Palmieri was the communications director and advisor to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the presidential campaign that saw the advent of President Trump. Dear Madam President is a short book that chronicles this story and gives advice about some possible ways forward. It is ultimately a rather sound volume but it could have been improved by being longer and tackling certain subjects in a more in-depth way.... Read More | Share it now!
Our five titles this month are heavily US-centric, with novels set in Louisiana, California and Virginia. There’s also a weighty piece of Australian historical fiction to get your teeth into as well. We’re also featuring the new book length poem from Native American poet Tommy Pico, who is one of my favourite poets working at the moment.... Read More | Share it now!
On October 17th 2013, teenage sisters Ayan and Leila Juma left their Oslo home and headed for Syria. Deeply radicalised and intending to take part in jihad, they had planned the trip in secret for months. But their decision tears the Juma family apart, as parents Sadiq and Sara struggle to come to terms with their loss, while oldest son Ismael begins to question his religion, and how it could drive his sisters into a war zone.... Read More | Share it now!
Welcome back to another instalment of our monthly recommended reading feature. This month is debut heavy, with four of the five featured titles debut releases for their respective authors. It’s also a bit of a global affair this month too, with two of the titles set in Australia, two in Africa and one in the UK.... Read More | Share it now!
The Lebs is the confronting and compelling new novel from award-winning novelist, editor, and community arts worker Michael Mohammed Ahmad. Following the release of the novel last week we caught up with Michael to discover more about the novel, the inspirations behind it, and his take on the state of diversity in Australian literature.... Read More | Share it now!
Sarah Knight, anti-guru and author of best sellers The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A Fuck and Get Your Shit Together, is back with another empowering message for her readers. Only this time they can actually print the book’s full title in The New York Times. Score!... Read More | Share it now!