Truly, Madly, Guilty – Liane Moriarty | Books

When it comes to her characters, Liane Moriarty is a sneaky writer. In Truly, Madly, Guilty, the latest addition to her growing library of novels, her stars are so ordinary you almost don’t notice them becoming fixtures in your life. Ordinary isn’t to be confused with bland, though. They all have enough neuroses, drama and humour to keep them sparking, it’s just that their suburban worries and spats are so recognisable that they become people you feel you know almost … Read More

My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh – Book Review

There were moments during My Sunshine Away where I felt unsettled enough to consider whether I wanted to continue reading. M.O. Walsh’s debut novel isn’t at all grisly or gruesome in how it tells of the impact a teenager’s rape has on her community. In fact, even with its intense honesty, the writing is rich and syrupy in how carefully the words have been selected. Still, with the nameless narrator’s zealous adolescent infatuation with the victim and the early knowledge that … Read More

BOOKS: Rush Oh! – a tender, funny novel in tribute to real Australian history

Even I with my love of Australia, a powerful draw to the coast and an insatiable desire to hop inside pockets of social history, wondered how hard-going a novel Rush Oh! would be. As a premise, a 1908 whaling community facing tough times had something of a bleakness to it. As it turns out, it very successfully achieves the opposite. It’s about as easy-going a read as you could imagine and in the best way. There’s a line of fizzing excitement … Read More

My 2015 Bookshelf

In 2015 the large majority of my reading time went to comic books. If I had 30 minutes or so in the evening, more often than not I’d be looking to top up the numbers on my comic reading project, so I didn’t get through as many regular books as I would have liked. I’m looking forward to switching that balance this year. I read a lot more than I wrote about on When you see something appear here, nine … Read More

Kitchens of the Great Midwest | J Ryan Stradal | Book Review

Reality TV is a weirdly hypnotic experience. It has to take very ordinary people, places and situations and make it so that you simply cannot look away for the 30 minutes it flashes across your television. That doesn’t just happen by accident. To varying degrees, the stories playing out in front of us will be manufactured by those behind the seemingly covert cameras. The faces in front of them may not be reading from an autocue, but they’ll almost certainly … Read More

All Involved – Ryan Gattis

In April of 1992 four white LA police officers were acquitted of assaulting and using excessive force on black taxi driver Rodney King, following a high-speed car chase. The incident was caught on video by a local resident who, with the help of newsrooms, managed to move the footage into living rooms and onto front pages around the world. The court’s decision was considered such an unwavering and racist miscarriage of justice that it lit the touch-paper on already strained … Read More