Category: Issue Thirteen

  • The House That Joy Built: Non-Fiction Review

    The House That Joy Built: Non-Fiction Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Holly Ringland Publisher: HarperCollins RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 4 October 2023 “Sitting at my desk and writing, I feel two forces again: joy and fear.” Never has there been a book, fiction or non-fiction, that so aptly captured my current state that the moment I finished reading the last page,…

  • The Haters: Novel Review

    The Haters: Novel Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Robyn Harding Publisher: Simon & Schuster RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 3 July 2024 “My first novel, Burnt Orchid, has been out in the world for two days. The manuscript I poured my soul into for almost three years now sits on bookstore shelves, and it’s the achievement of my life.”…

  • Run For Your Life: Non-Fiction Review

    Run For Your Life: Non-Fiction Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Sue Williams Publisher: Simon & Schuster RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 3 April 2024 “On a rugged beach of fiery red sand, shark-infested waters and patrolling crocodiles somewhere in the remote reaches of Australia’s far northwest, a little family are fighting the battle of their lives.” Would you go into hiding…

  • Issue Thirteen Fiction

    In the Eye of Jupiter Religion ‘Sense and insensibility’ Black As Rise and Fall – A Cheerleader’s Triumph and Tragedy Free Range Eggs The Flynn Effect The School Boy Alice Fade to Blacking Out Stubborn as Mud SpaceTruck 1999 Mothman Wilt Tree Dwellers Darwin, with Archie Empty Heavenly Morsel  

  • Sense and Insensibility.

    Sense and Insensibility.

    by Jane Downing.   The traffic was as unremitting as the winter damp. Ellie missed the turn-off, forcing the technology into a hiccoughing insistence it was recalculating. Eventually their rental filtered off the motorway, where the roads were quickly narrow, countrified, and quiet. As far from the sunburnt country of dusty plains they were visiting…

  • As time passes love is unknowingly translucent.

    As time passes love is unknowingly translucent.

    Gaining insight into the love stories within history amongst the harsh political climates of the time.   Greg Johnston’s historical fiction novel Sweet Bitter Cane explores the injustice experienced between two World Wars. The novel delivers a love story with raw emotion allowing an audience to reflect on their own heritage. Sweet Bitter Cane is…

  • Bringing a touch of serenity to those in need.

    Bringing a touch of serenity to those in need.

    By Louise Sapphira.   Take a journey with two women who lend a helping hand in creative ways, highlighting the light and darkness in people’s stories.   The themes explored in Alison Goodman’s feminist historical fiction novel, The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies, resonate with an audience by connecting with people’s experiences. The novel starts…

  • Vulnerability is shown in a multitude of ways.

    Vulnerability is shown in a multitude of ways.

    By Louise Sapphira. Drawing on our internal worlds and the people that surround us, when pushing through a dark situation, finding the light.   Good short stories have a way of capturing the heart of the reader. Laurie Steed’s, Greater City Shadows and Other Stories does this by exploring community, relationships, family, love, heartache, and…

  • Women embrace empowerment with their strengths.

    Women embrace empowerment with their strengths.

    By Louise Sapphira.   Exploring the prosperity of women in history and the current day through portraits that remain with us.   The concept of beauty as a form of currency to create prosperity in society is explored in Lauren Chater’s historical fiction novel The Beauties. The narrative discovers women taking advantage of their talents,…

  • Past Lives

    Past Lives

    Review by Jilliean Sioson   Directed by Celine Song | English-Korean There is a conversation that takes place in Men Without Women (2014) written by Haruki Murakami that goes like this: “But Mr. Kafuku, can any of us ever perfectly understand another person? However much we may love them?” “We lived together for nearly twenty…

  • Sanctuary: Novel Review

    Sanctuary: Novel Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Garry Disher Publisher: Text Publishing RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 3 April 2024 “Found the bitch” A rural antiques store is not where you would normally expect to see an Australian crime-thriller set. Yet, in Australian crime writer Garry Disher’s latest stand-alone novel, Sanctuary, his protagonist finds a safe place in…

  • Tandem venit amor, and others.

    Tandem venit amor, and others.

    Translated by Jena Woodhouse.   Tandem venit amor… Sulpicia, 1st century AD   Now love has finally come, it would be the better part of valour to keep it obscure, veiling the heart in pudency, confiding in no-one. Cythera has conspired with the Muses to endow our ardent embrace; Venus has honoured all her promises.…

  • The Next Big Thing: Novel Review

    The Next Big Thing: Novel Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: James Colley Publisher: Pantera Press RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 30 January 2024 “Norm has just had a big idea. The biggest idea of his life, in fact. Norm is not used to having ideas, particularly not big ones.” If you could build a Big Thing in your town, what would…

  • The Axeman’s Carnival: Novel Review

    The Axeman’s Carnival: Novel Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Catherine Chidgey Publisher: Allen & Unwin RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 19 March 2024 “And I belonged and did not belong, and I was bird and not-bird.” With such an unusual title and a proud magpie sitting on the cover, Catherine Chidgey’s The Axeman’s Carnival is an unexpected and brilliant story.…

  • The Glass House: Novel Review

    The Glass House: Novel Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion Publisher: Hachette RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 27 March 2024 “If I’d wanted an image to sum up everything that’s disturbed me in my first three weeks of acute psychiatry at Menzies Hospital – and, in a strange way, what I’ve loved about it – I…