Sharlene Teo’s opus articulates the challenges three generations of women face in the same city. A staggering debut.
Parting as it is said, is such sweet sorrow. That certainly goes for the fantastic In the Midst of Winter, a lovely season gone too soon.
Rarely does a book come along that articulates Australia so wonderfully, and very rarely does it come from the mouth of a galah.
Michael J Seidlinger’s Standard Loneliness Package is a compound of beautifully broken, wasted relationships. Bitterly, it forces you to examine your own failures.
In the hands of Jenny Quintana, ‘The Missing Girl’ is a real page-turner that steps between past and present, effectively evoking the struggle of the 1980s middle class in Britain.
While Jennifer Mills’ stunning debut novel addresses the end of everything, it does so in a very familiar place: home.
Samantha Irby’s book scythes into the bone of the modern experience. Blows of emotion batter the reader long after the final page.
Alan Hollinghurst’s searing novel The Sparsholt Affair is a beast of many forms, where the words within shift with the changing eras the narrative flows through.
The effects of a true-crime podcast on the victim’s family are the first steps of Kathleen Barber’s book, which examines the stock we place in casual justice.
‘Girl in Snow’ approaches a murder from three distinct perspectives, but it is the weight and brilliance of those narratives that sets Kukafka apart. A superb debut.
Michael Chabon’s “Moonglow” is a stylistic hybrid of fiction and memoir, all in an effort to mislead the audience. Ballsy, yet fantastically done.
An appropriate read for the times we find ourselves in, Paul Beatty’s The Sellout takes on institutional racism and the comfortable social definitions we welcome.
“Swing Time” tackles female friendship, motherhood and celebrity, however it is author Zadie Smith’s keen eye for the human condition that will make it a classic.
Roanna Gonsalves’ book of short stories is a brilliant chronicle of migrant experiences, but is it better or worse for being limited to one tiny subset of the Indian community?
Stuck aghast in the aisles of a bookstore? Overawed? Lazy? Well, let us quickly goose your purchase. First up, “Purity” from Jonathan Franzen, which charts the depth of the Internet.
Metallica announcing a new album reveals old fissures remain – of the band, and the audience – and part two of their biography serves as a perfect microcosm of this.
Lachlan R Dale slipped back into the harsh embrace of his 40-year-old beau, A Lover’s Discourse, to relearn the benefits and detriments of searing love.
TBS chats to wordsmiths and amateur cricket hacks Messrs Higgins, Edwards and Perry, to explain their newly-released book, The Grade Cricketer.
Metallica fan Timothy Cootes delves into their new biography, only to discover the pages are soaked in triumphant hubris. Sad but true…
We asked TBS Editor Mathew Mackie to tell us what books he’d save in a fire; but with the way he waffled on, he probably would have perished too!
Continuing on with last week’s narrative thread, we asked writer Lachlan Liesfield what books he’d plunge himself into an inferno to save.
Lachlan Liesfield wanders through Evelyn Waugh’s lucid WW2 novel “Officers and Gentlemen”, which, despite it’s problems, loses none of its power to drag you in.