A LITERARY JOURNAL FOR DIVERSE VOICES: Issue Thirteen.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 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.”…

  • 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…

  • Love From Scratch: Novel Review

    Love From Scratch: Novel Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Amy Hutton Publisher: Simon & Schuster RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 5 June 2024 “It was like he was in one of those videos that freeze-frame at the exact moment of disaster, while a voice brightly states, ‘Yep, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation.’” Can…

  • Thanks For Having Me: Novel Review

    Thanks For Having Me: Novel Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Emma Darragh Publisher: Joan (Allen & Unwin) RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 27 February 2024 “If she could help it, this year would be different.” Every now and then, a novel comes along that dares to be different and push conventional structure out the window. Emma Darragh’s debut, Thanks For Having…

  • All The Golden Light: Novel Review

    All The Golden Light: Novel Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Siobhan O’Brien Publisher: HarperCollins RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 31 January 2024 “A vision projected itself onto the black screen of her memory, and she saw a time when the cottage was tranquil and filled with joy.” How do you find hope, love or chase your dreams when a life you…

  • Heavenly Morsel

    Heavenly Morsel

    by Vanity Conroy I have met my God and I fear He does not look favourably upon me.   I met him in 1954, when I was eighteen and wearing my mother’s old clothes. I was helping my father at the farmers market when he approached my stall. The sun shined a halo in his…

  • Good With Money: Non-Fiction Review

    Good With Money: Non-Fiction Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Emma Edwards Publisher: Allen & Unwin RRP: $34.99 Release Date: 27 February 2024 “Good With Money is a label we all want to wear.” Are you in complete control of your finances? Do you struggle to break old and bad financial habits? Emma Edwards, founder of The Broke Generation, wants…

  • A Dance With Murder: Novel Review

    A Dance With Murder: Novel Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Elizabeth Coleman Publisher: Pantera Press RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 3 January 2024 “Ted looked down at her miniature schnauzer, Miss Marple, who was sprawled at her feet, and she could’ve sworn she saw her eyes roll.” What do a private investigator, a miniature schnauzer called Miss Marple, a ballerina, a…

  • Tidelines: Novel Review

    Tidelines: Novel Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Sarah Sasson Publisher: Affirm Press RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 30 January 2024 “In the time that followed, bits of ourselves kept breaking off, crumbling like limestone into ocean, apostles falling: every year we became a little less of whoever we were in those moments.” Do we really know the people…

  • The Deed: Novel Review

    The Deed: Novel Review

    Review by Stacey O’Carroll Author: Susannah Begbie Publisher: Hachette RRP: $32.99 Release Date: 1 May 2024 “Three steps in she found the crumpled body of her dead father.” What causes more chaos than a will and the remaining family? In Susannah Begbie’s stunning debut novel, The Deed, she exposes the messy side of family and…

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