August 2021

Crime/Mystery

Catch Us the Foxes by Nicola West

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Catch Us the Foxes by Nicola West is a twisty psychological thriller set in the small coastal community of Kiama, south of Sydney. At the end of the book, the author apologises to this town and its residents (past, present and future) as the town does play a major part in

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General Fiction

Voyeur by Francesca Reece

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Becoming absorbed in this book is a near impossibility. The author loves the English language and can produce compelling description and tell a narrative in a style completely her own. But there are weaknesses in this story that make it very hard going. I found, for example, that I could not

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Politics

Media Tarts by Julia Baird

Reviewed by Gerard Healy This is an interesting, but difficult to read, text by Julia Baird, focusing on the treatment by the Australian media of female politicians. It’s difficult to read because in story after story another female MP gets chewed up by a powerful press pack looking to sensationalise their looks, dress-sense, competence and/

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2021 Qld Literary Awards

The shortlists for the 2021 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in two of the categories are: Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance ($25,000)  Car Crash (Lech Blaine, Black Inc.) Ordinary Matter (Laura Elvery, UQP) Biting the Clouds (Fiona Foley, UQP) A Question of Colour (Pattie Lees with Adam C Lees, Magabala) Change

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Upcoming Author Event

Avid Reader at West End is hosting an Author Event with J. P. Pomare on Thursday 19 August 2021.  The event will include both in-store attendance and Zoom on-line. J. P. Pomare’s latest book – The Last Guests – has been reviewed in these pages. His previous books Call Me Evie, The Clearing and Tell

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Crime/Mystery

People Like Them by Samira Sedira

Reviewed by Rod McLary In the Author’s Note at the end of this intriguing and insightful novel, Samira Sedira says ‘[literature] dwells in darkness and tries to bring forth light’ [174].  The author has done exactly that in People Like Them – a novel inspired by a mass homicide in 2003 in France, in which

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Crime/Mystery

Just Murdered by Katherine Kovacic

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Those readers who are fans of the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on TV will enjoy this book as it carries on the adventures of Miss Fisher as she helps the police solve the crime. In this book, the main character is not Phryne Fisher as she has not been heard from

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Crime/Mystery

Billy Summers by Stephen King

Reviewed by Ian Lipke In this remarkable book, we find that several stories are each amalgamated seamlessly into the main or primary tale. Billy Summers is a returned soldier from the war in Afghanistan where he served as a sniper. He gives the impression that he is a little mentally deficient, but makes clear to

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Health/Medicine

The Chloroformist by Christine Ball

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke In her book, Christine Ball, anaesthetist at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and co-manager of Master of Medicine (Perioperative) at Monash University, delves into the lives of those who were responsible for creating the wonderful partnership between the surgeon and the anaesthetist, which patients experience today when undertaking an operation.  Her

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Young Adult

Namesake by Adrienne Young

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Following the success of her book Fable, New York Times author Adrienne Young has published Namesake, her second book in the duology. This conclusion to the Young Adult feminist adventure addresses the relationship between a young girl and her father. Fable has had to become tough and resourceful after her mother’s

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