What Was Promised is Tobias Hill's 11th book and fifth novel. While his earlier novels have shown promise and won praise, Hill's most conspicuous strength might lie in his poetry. This new book, then, prompts again the question of whether good poets can write good novels.
Mark Henshaw published his first novel, Out of the Line of Fire, 26 years ago. He has published since, writing detective novels as half of J.M.Calder (one published in 1996, another in 2007), but it was a long wait for another fully-fledged, fully serious novel.
Age and value are not as they first seem at Canberra's massive spring book sale.
Last year, the federal Member for Fraser sobered us up with Battlers & Billionaires. Now comes his spritely The Economics of Just About Everything
The late cancellation of Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul from next month's Ubud Writers and Readers Festival has exposed the fierce competition and delicate negotiations behind the flourishing international festival scene.
Sarah Waters writes good sex. The lesbian protagonists in her new novel, The Paying Guests, yearn for each other in a world where homosexuality is talked about in whispers or not at all: a genteel corner of South London, in 1922.
Phil Jarratt is the author of more than 30 books, a former editor of Tracks magazine, and a dedicated surfer. His new book is Bali: Heaven and Hell, a combined memoir and history of the ever-changing island he has visited since the 1970s.
A well-researched and detailed book, recounting lesser-known but uncomfortable happenings in Australia's Great War story.
The thriller deals with Middle Eastern drug lords, outlaw bikie gangs and the women who get under their feet, writes LINDA MORRIS.
Karen Hardy reviews three thrillers written by Australian authors.