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 ...

Sustenance by Simone Lazaroo

Courtesy UWAP Set at a quiet resort in Bali, Sustenance looks at the use of food as a means of both spiritual and physical comfort when all hope is gone. A warning; hotel chef Perpetua de Mello will have you drooling over the pages so try not to ruin your book, especially if it’s from the library! On a different level, Sustenance tackles ...

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 ...

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas has been reported as one of the most divisive and confronting Booker-longlisted novels in recent years. While it has already won a host of awards and received critical acclaim, this controversial and thought-provoking novel that places a magnifying glass over multicultural Australian society has made readers sweat their way through many uncomfortable scenes with mixed ...

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

I met Kristan Higgins when she was visiting Australia last month for the Romance Readers of Australia Convention. Loved her wit and charm so thought I should read one of her books. Also loved that and have to say Kristan’s humour comes through loud and strong in her heroine Faith Holland, an imperfect young woman ...