Australian Fiction

August 2017

Taboo by Kim Scott book cover

Properly Alive: Taboo by Kim Scott

'Taboo is an extraordinary testament to the new energies in Aboriginal storytelling that have emerged since the 1990s, the decade the Mabo decision overturned the legal fiction of terra nullius and recognised Aboriginal land claims in Australian law for the first time. As Scott said in 2012: ‘This is an Aboriginal nation, you know. It’s black country, the continent. Some people are starting to think about: can we graft a contemporary Australian community onto its Indigenous roots?’

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty book cover

Elvis and Jane Austen in Monterey:
Big Little Lies

'Madeline Martha Mackenzie, the central character in Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel Big Little Lies  thinks of Pirriwee, the fictional suburb on Sydney’s northern beaches where she lives, and where the action of the novel takes place, as a "country village". This is a signpost to Jane Austen’s oft-quoted statement "Three or four families in a country village is the very thing to work on."' 

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July 2017

An uncertain grace by Krissy Kneen book cover

A Fluctuating Charm

'An Uncertain Grace is a strange, daring and clever novel and Kneen’s openness to connections that many other novelists never dream of making is exhilarating. Her characters wreck themselves with sex and science as they seek ways to live with extinctions, inundations and pollution – and yet Kneen is able to salvage optimism from the wreckage. '