Literature

Night Blue: Angela O’Keeffe on living art + Book Review

Night Blue: Angela O’Keeffe on living art + Book Review

I am delighted to welcome Angela O’Keeffe to share the writing journey that produced new novella Night Blue. Plus, we share our review of this highly original debut. Disclosure: If you click a link in this post and make a purchase, I may earn…

The Beautiful Fall by Hugh Breakey, Review: Romantic depths

The Beautiful Fall by Hugh Breakey, Review: Romantic depths

The Beautiful Fall by Hugh Breakey is an engaging and dramatic Aussie romance novel that plumbs uncommon depths. Read my full review. * Not to be confused with The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris…

Lauren Anderson on RECRUITED: New eco-women’s-lit

Lauren Anderson on RECRUITED: New eco-women’s-lit

I am delighted to welcome Lauren Anderson to discuss her debut novel Recruited, a potent mix of eco-lit and women’s-lit touching on some of the toughest questions facing young women today. Plus, thanks to Stormburd Press, I have two ebook…

As Swallows Fly by L P McMahon, Review: Empowering courage

As Swallows Fly by L P McMahon, Review: Empowering courage

As Swallows Fly by L P McMahon is a deeply moving story about two trauma survivors, the fallacy of perfection and the power of friendship. Read my full review. As Swallows Fly Synopsis When Malika, a young orphan in rural Pakistan,…

Ash Mountain by Helen FitzGerald, Review: Utterly gripping

Ash Mountain by Helen FitzGerald, Review: Utterly gripping

Ash Mountain by Helen FitzGerald is an utterly gripping, ingeniously written character-driven disaster thriller. Read my full review. Ash Mountain Synopsis Fran thought she’d never return to Ash Mountain but her dad has become ill, her relationship is over, and she…

The Last Bookshop by Emma Young, Review: Bookish love

The Last Bookshop by Emma Young, Review: Bookish love

The Last Bookshop by Emma Young is a heartwarming debut novel celebrating books, those who love them, and the power of community. Read my full review. The Last Bookshop Synopsis Cait Copper’s best friends have always been books – along with…

THE SPIRAL by Iain Ryan, Book Review: Brutal truths

THE SPIRAL by Iain Ryan, Book Review: Brutal truths

The Spiral by Iain Ryan is a highly inventive and thought-provoking literary mystery thriller, but do those qualities alone equate to impressive? Read my review. The Spiral Synopsis It’s not just the truth that lurks at the bottom of the spiral…

Story Extract from Pushing Back by John Kinsella

Story Extract from Pushing Back by John Kinsella

Today I am excited to share with you a very enticing extract from the title story of John Kinsella’s new collection Pushing Back. Plus, thanks to publisher Transit Lounge, I have two ebook copies to giveaway to lucky readers in Australia…

The Price of Two Sparrows by Christy Collins, Review

The Price of Two Sparrows by Christy Collins, Review

The Price of Two Sparrows by Christy Collins is a thought-provoking and perceptive examination of multicultural Australia. Read on for my full review. The Price of Two Sparrows Synopsis Heico is an ornithologist fighting a losing battle to protect the birds…

Best Books of 2020: My favourite reads of the year

Best Books of 2020: My favourite reads of the year

What a year, huh? For me, one of the best things about 2020 has been the books. While below average on quantity this year, I did read quite diversely. Plus, the quality of the titles on my 2020 reading pile…

Rural Dreams by Margaret Hickey, Review: Poignancy

Rural Dreams by Margaret Hickey, Review: Poignancy

Margaret Hickey’s Rural Dreams short story collection takes a look at life outside the big smoke, introducing us to the kind of characters you might expect in the country, as well as some you might not. Read on for our review….

Tobias McCorkell on debut Everything in its Right Place

Tobias McCorkell on debut Everything in its Right Place

Today we welcome Tobias McCorkell to discuss the inspiration for his debut novel Everything in its Right Place. Plus, thanks to Transit Lounge Publishing we have 2 ebook copies of this new novel to giveaway – entries open worldwide. Disclosure: If you…