Lost & Found by Brooke Davis

Five ★★★★★ for this brilliant debut novel by West Australian author and bookseller Brooke Davis. This book has everything: unforgettable quirky characters, big issues, wise words and a cracking road-cum-train trip across the harsh Australian landscape. At the heart of Lost and Found is seven-year-old Millie Bird who realises everything around her is dying. She starts ...

Sweet One by Peter Docker launched in Broome

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Congrats to Broome-based author Peter Docker on the launch of his new book Sweet One on Wednesday 23 July. The book is published by Fremantle Press. Here is a taster: When a senior Aboriginal war veteran dies horribly at the hands of state government authorities, Izzy, a journalist and daughter of a war veteran herself, flies ...

Three Great Coming of Age Novels Set in Western Australia

Three coming-of-age novels that introduce readers to West Australia are Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey, Boy on a Wire by Jon Doust and Breath by Tim Winton. The transition from childhood to adulthood has long been a popular subject tackled in the pages of literature throughout the world. Set against the backdrop of the harsh Western Australian ...

PERFECT PASSAGE OF PROSE… from a book I have read

Courtesy of Fremantle Press Boy on a Wire by Jon Doust, page 107 The door opens and Dorothy Price walks in. I haven’t seen her since primary school when she was one of the flat chests, one of the unchosen, ignored by Harris, the sleazy teacher of Grade Seven.  Fat Arty looks up.  I look up. Dorothy ...