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Queensland Reviewers Collective (QRC) is the new name for an initiative that began eighteen years ago. Up until November 2016 it was known as M/C Reviews. In December 2015, the M/C Reviews website had a major security breach that took it down, and the editor of the book reviews section and some of the reviewers responded by starting a blog as a temporary site for book reviews until the website could be repaired. Unfortunately, it eventually became apparent that the website was not able to be restored, thus ending its long and illustrious presence as a place for the lively engagement with books and film through reviewing.

Once again, the editor and a small group of book reviewers decided they valued M/C Reviews enough to enable its rebirth as the Queensland Reviewers Collective. It no longer has an association with the Queensland University of Technology.

The website that M/C Reviews was initially a part of was M/C – Media and Culture, founded in 1998 as, according to the History section, ‘a place of public intellectualism, analysing and critiquing the meeting of media and culture’. It was meant as a place where the popular and the academic could meet, and ‘debates may have some resonance with wider political and cultural interests’.

The website was initiated and developed at the University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia; since 2004, it has been hosted by the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology in Kelvin Grove. The first publication was the M/C Journal, still thriving today, followed by M/C Reviews, and then M/Cyclopedia of New Media.

Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Queensland Reviewers Collective acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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Literary Awards

Literary Awards The biennial Magarey Medal for biography, awarded to the female author who has published the work judged to be the best biographical writing on an Australian subject in the preceding two years, was presented to Ann-Marie Priest for the 2022 title My Tongue Is My Own: A life of Gwen Harwood (La Trobe University Press), the first

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Children

All You Need to Know about Dogs by A. Cat [and Fred Blunt]

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke  The cover of All You Need to Know About Dogs says that the book is by A. Cat. Among the publishing details inside the book, in tiny font, is the sentence ‘Fred Blunt has asserted his right to be identified as the author and illustrator of this work’. Turning the first

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General Fiction

The Borrowed Life of Frederick Fife by Anna Johnston

Reviewed by Rod McLary The alliterative title of this debut novel gives some indication of its nature – a tender, heartwarming and whimsical look at the borrowed life of Frederick Fife.  But what does ‘borrowed life’ mean?  Well, that is the theme of the novel. The setting up of the situation takes a little time. 

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Crime/Mystery

You Like It Darker by Stephen King

Reviewed by Ian Lipke I was quite disappointed in this latest publication by Stephen King. This author has created a reputation for fine, extended writing, of best quality, and of mind-blowing uniqueness that is not represented in the present volume. One can speculate over reasons why these stories fail to meet the level of satisfaction

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General Fiction

Anyone’s Ghost by August Thompson

Reviewed by Rod McLary From time-to-time, there are novels which grab the reader from the first line and never let go.  When these novels come along – and there are so many of them – they are a joy to read; even more so when it is a debut novel.  Anyone’s Ghost is such a

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Young Adult

Greenwild: The City Beyond the Sea by Pari Thomson

Reviewed by E.B. Heath Although an elaborate fantasy for children, Greenwild: The City Beyond the Sea, carries significance – a warning.  One that in times of yore was communicated via an Aesop’s Fable – The Goose and The Golden Egg.  A story of stupidity and greed.  Apparently, that message has been long forgotten because, well,

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General Fiction

The Last Trace by Petronella McGovern

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Previously I have not had the pleasure of reading any of the work by Australian author, Petronella McGovern, and found her latest book, The Last Trace, to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I have since discovered that Petronella’s first novel, Six Minutes, was published in July 2019 and debuted on the

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Miles Franklin Literary Award 2024

Miles Franklin Award The shortlist for the 2024 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles, selected from a longlist announced in May, are: Only Sound Remains (Hossein Asgari, Puncher & Wattmann) Wall (Jen Craig, Puncher & Wattmann) Anam (André Dao, Hamish Hamilton) The Bell of the World (Gregory Day, Transit Lounge) Hospital (Sanya Rushdi, Giramondo) Praiseworthy (Alexis Wright, Giramondo).

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General Fiction

The Fists of the Father by Daniel Tamone

Reviewed by Rod McLary The evocative title and cover image – a teenage boy with bloodied knuckles – offers a preview of what will be found within the book’s covers.  This debut novel by Daniel Tamone explores the far-reaching effects of family violence and the challenges inherent in any attempt to leave them behind. The

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