“A powerful debut novel, one that explores what it’s like growing up in Australia with an Asian heritage; and how women are perceived when it comes to both professional ambition and sexual desire. It’s an investigation into how friendship works and how love is expressed in different families; and along the way, it dissects something of what it really means to be a child prodigy.”
“The second novel from beloved Australian singer-songwriter Holly Throsby, ‘Cedar Valley’ opens and unfolds like a murder mystery, but it is really a love story— or its inverse: ‘Cedar Valley’ is an ‘unloved’ story.”
“Dear Parents” is a funny, heartfelt and passionate series of letters written by a teacher to the parents of her students… “You can’t just drop your kid off at the school gates when they’re five years old and expect to turn up thirteen years later and the job’s done.”
“Award-winning singer-songwriter turned novelist, Sally Seltmann’s writing debut follows the travails of an impressionable young art school graduate in mid-1990s Balmain, Sydney.”
“Maddox is not a ‘conventional’ novel, nor is its narrator in any way conformist. Are these and other characteristics of the novel influenced by the author’s musical processes? It is impossible to guess what Maddox will do next as he…
“Goldsworthy conveys the atmosphere of the forties, when many couples married without really knowing each other and women were expected to remain ladylike and ‘proper’ at all times.”
This multimedia release is Zulya’s finest and most ambitious work to date. It demands attention and accolades. This is a highly produced illustrated story for adults in a hardback book, accompanying a CD. For the review, please go to Music…
“A beautifully told story with complete pages of the book covered in Ronak Taher’s mixed media collages, in stunning colours that reflect the settings and moods of Sonam’s story.”
Author: Minnie Darke
Melbourne: Michael Joseph Imprint (Penguin Random House Australia), 2020, 368 pp.
ISBN: 9780143792307 (pbk) Ebook and audio book available.
Reviewed by Elaine Lewis
“The Lost Love Song is a story about love and loss and missed opportunities and, above all, the power of music. The path taken by the song is convincing because the writing flows effortlessly and the characters are well-drawn and believable.”
In The Sisters’ Song by Louise Allan, music is both healing melody and counterpoint in a drama about dreams and frustration set in rural Tasmania in the early 20th century.