Heist by Robert Schofield

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I am not an avid crime reader but I am really pleased to see West Australian (WA) authors currently doing so well in this genre. I have just finished Heist by Perth-based crime writer Robert Schofield and really enjoyed escaping into the Goldfields in outback WA, where the story kicks off. I met Robert last year when Heist was launched ...

As the River Runs by Stephen Scourfield

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If you are not already a little bit in love with the landscape and people of the Kimberley region of north-west Australia,chances are you will be after reading Stephen Sourfield’s As the River Runs. Scourfield is travel editor of The West Australia newspaper and has visited the Kimberley region over 100 times. Needless to say, he ...

The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea by Randolph Stow

Courtesy Penguin This coming-of-age novel set against the harsh backdrop of the Western Australian landscape has become a modern classic for Randolph Stow. When Stow passed away at the age of 74 in England on 29 May 2010, he had spent more than 40 years out of the country, but West Australian’s still mourned the loss of one of their own. Stow was the ...

The Woman in Black by Madeleine St John

Courtesy Text Publishing The Women in Black by Madeleine St John has been called a ‘neglected Australian classic’ that all Aussies should have read but probably haven’t. First published in Great Britain in 1993, it was re-released in 2009 by Text Publishing, Melbourne and was the first of four novels that St John wrote before passing away in England in 2006. The ...

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

This award-winning coming-of-age novel was written by Australian Craig Silvey out of his passion for the southern gothic fiction of Twain, Lee and Capote. In an interview with his publisher Allen & Unwin, Silvey summarises his novel as “coming-of-age, regional mystery novel, stuffed inside a nervous little love story, garnished with family drama and adolescent escapism ...

A Stairway to Paradise by Madeleine St John

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Courtesy of Text Publishing First published in 1999 and re-release in 2010, Madeleine St John’s final novel is the tale of three friends locked in a love triangle with no easy way out. Setting of A Stairway to Paradise Although born in Sydney, St John spent much of her adult life in London, in particularly Notting Hill, and it is here amongst the ...