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.
Loretta Barnard was engrossed with the Anthony O’Neill’s adventurous re-imagining of the Arabian Nights. During Sydney’s VIVID festival last year, I attended a screening of The Adventures of Prince Achmed, a silent film from 1926 created by German film-maker Lotte Reiniger using exquisite hand-cut silhouette animation. On stage, playing live, was a small ensemble…
In The Society of the Crossed Keys, Lachlan Liesfield rediscovers the work of Stefan Zweig, a gem who shines far beyond The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The story of an on-the-run – but innocent – terrorism suspect, Richard Flanagan’s “The Unknown Terrorist” makes TBS’ latest book review from Rainer the Cabbie a must read.
“A Hanger-On” would have been a more honest title of this year’s Stella Prize winning novel “The Strays”, writes Chetna Prakash.
Lachlan Liesfield’s #bookreview is almost an #authorreview as he writes not only of Albert Camus’ incomplete final novel “The First Man”, but of Camus himself, and the insight the novel offers into the late, great author.