Category Archive: Books

Book review: Christos Tsiolkas’ Merciless Gods

Christos Tsiolkas, author of award-winning novels (Dead Europe, The Slap), shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, has released his first collection of short fiction. And as… Read More

Interview: The Knife author, Lee Markham

‘The Knife’ is the startling first novel from Eastbourne-based author Lee Markham. It’s a gritty, ferocious and angry indictment of social inequality and institutional neglect in 21st Century Britain. It also happens to… Read More

The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick Age 81

You may better know JB Morrison as Jim Bob, lead-singer of legendary 90s indie duo Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine. However, while Carter are finally winding down (they play their last ever reunion gig this… Read More

Jim Bob talks Carter USM and Frank Derrick

Jim Bob tells Bobby Townsend about his new novel, The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, and Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine’s farewell gigs: Hi Jim. So, earlier this year, you announced Carter USM’s final ever… Read More

Olly interviews Nathan Roche

In the lead-up to the upcoming Sydney Writer’s Festival, I figured I should interview an author. None of those PR circuit bookclub whores though. They’ll be busy with their teacake and ABC roundtables.… Read More

Book review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Angela Haffenden considers the latest offering from Stephen King: The master of horror writers finally presents us with the sequel to The Shining. If you’ve ever seen the iconic film with the fabulous… Read More

Book Review: Jay Stringer, Lost City

The final part of Jay Stringer’s trilogy of Eoin Miller novels (the previous two were Old Gold and Runaway Town) is yet another excellent example of, what Stringer himself calls, “social pulp” fiction.… Read More

Dating, non-responses and Nathaniel P

Something You Said’s Elaina Ransford explains that everyone knows Nathaniel: Remember that awesome scene in Midnight in Paris when the Hemingway character says that he knows he’ll hate the main character’s book because… Read More

Runaway Town ups the stakes

Runaway Town is the second novel from Jay Stringer, whom I’ve previously had the pleasure of interviewing. It’s the follow-up to his blistering debut Old Gold and continues the adventures of part-Romani ex-cop… Read More

Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction!

Fact-of-the-day: In New York City, the law allows toplessness by both men and women. This is good news for the Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society, who meet up to do their al… Read More

Ryan Davis and the criminal underground

27 is the cracking debut novel from Ryan Davis, a rock’n’roll crime thriller set in the dingy world of the criminal underground of Birmingham, in England’s West Midlands. Jim Vale, aka Jimmy Tyrant, is the… Read More

This Place is Yours launches at Vivid

This Place Is Yours launches as part of Vivid Sydney this week. Founded by Sydney-based 28-year-old writer and social entrepreneur, Seraphina Reynolds, the new media project aims to combat stigma and enhance empathy and… Read More