book review

Review: Honeybee: A world apart from its predecessor

Craig Silvey: Honeybee Allen & Unwin, 2020 ISBN, 9781760877224, $32.99, pp. 432 Within minutes of starting this book, I realised this was not the Craig Silvey I remembered from Jasper Jones. While some of the themes overlap—innocence, identity, confusion—this book isn’t quite like Jasper. Yet in some ways, Honeybee will be defined by its predecessor, a […]

10 November 2020
Review: LOWITJA

Stuart Rintoul: LOWITJA Allen & Unwin, 2020. ISBN, 9781760875602, $45, pp. 392.   Powerful words for a powerful woman. The authorised biography of Lowitja O’Donoghue explores the price she paid as a self empowered woman in a country that was not yet ready for her strength. I have to admit that before reading this book I was […]

21 October 2020
Review: Loner

Georgina Young: Loner Text Publishing, 2020. ISBN, 9781922330130, pp. 256, $24.99   Text Publishing choosing Georgina Young’s Loner as its internal Text Prize winner all the way back in May of last year feels vaguely . Not that Loner deals with disease or isolation (at least not in the way that we have become familiar […]

7 October 2020
Review: Meanwhile in Dopamine City

DBC Pierre: Meanwhile in Dopamine City Allen and Unwin, 2020. ISBN, 9780571228942, $39.99 It’s disappointing to say that there is very little to remark positively upon in DBC Pierre’s new novel Meanwhile in Dopamine City. Disappointing because a satire focussed on the pitfalls of technological obsession seems deeply needed in a time where it feels like […]

Review: Ellis Island

Malgorzata Szejnert: Ellis Island Scribe Publications, 2020 ISBN, 9781950354054, pp. 400, $49.99   To be honest, I didn’t go into Małgorzata Szejnert’s Ellis Island: A People’s History with the highest of expectations. Its title implied a generic (if slightly dull) history of America’s busiest immigration inspection station, through which over 12 million immigrants passed into New […]

Review: The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code

Judith Hoare: The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code: The Extraordinary Life of Dr Claire Weekes Scribe Publications, 2020. ISBN, 9781922310439, pp. 416, $29.99   Face, accept, float, let time pass. This was the six-word mantra that gave hundreds of thousands of people control over their anxiety. Australian journalist Judith Hoare chronicles the fascinating life of […]

7 September 2020