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Depth of Field. On the left an author shot of a young Caucasian woman with straight black hair and a long sleeved black T shirt photographed in a garden from the waist up. On the right the book cover of a blurry figure silhouetted against a large window.

Book review: Depth of Field, Kirsty Iltners

A well told story that tackles the fallout from the fallibility of memory.

Hurdy Gurdy. On the left is a book cover of a circus tent in the distance at night. On the right is an author shot of a middle aged Caucasian women with shoulder length white hair, black jumper and glasses.

Book review: Hurdy Gurdy, Jenny Ackland

A dystopian Australia sees women's bodies policed and subjugated.

Nameless. On the left is a head and shoulders author shot of a middle aged Caucasian woman with a white top under a pinafore type dress. She has shoulder length greying hair cut in a bob with a fringe. On the right is a book cover with a black linocut image of a side on woman against a green backdrop.

Book review: Nameless, Amanda Creely

War and its voiceless victims are the harrowing topics of this novel.

Chloe. On the left is a book cover of a young woman painted in the nude, with the bottom of the painting in flames. On the right is an author headshot of a middle aged Caucasian woman with straight long fair hair and a fringe. She is smiling.

Book review: Chloé, Katrina Kell

A fictionalised exposé of the woman who modelled for the famous painting that hangs in Melbourne's Young and Jackson Hotel.

Heartsease. On the left is a head and shoulders author shot of a young Caucasian woman with long strawberry blonde hair and a blue top. She is standing in front of foliage. On the right is a bookcover featuring a group of brown flowers

Book review: Heartsease, Kate Kruimink

Sisterly bonds prevail in the fog of grief.

Safe Haven. On the right is an author headshot, waist up of a woman of Indian appearance, all in black with arms folded, smiling and looking off the right. On the left is a book jacket in blue, with an illustration of a boat on the sea at night on the front.

Book review: Safe Haven, Shankari Chandran

The Miles Franklin Award-winning author's new book tackles the politics of Australian detention centres.

Live Bait. On the left is an author shot of a grey-haired with grey/white stubble, white man in his 40s/50s sitting at a table outside in the city, with his arms crossed in front of him and wearing a blue suit jacket over a darker blue T shirt. On the right is a book cover of an angler standing in a rushing river with fishing rod out. We can only see from the chest down to the knee and he is wearing a utility belt with a pistol in it.

Book review: Live Bait, Stephen Sewell

Can a novel succeed when it features a wilfully stupid protagonist?

Ordinary Human Love. On the left is a colour headshot of a white woman in her 30s/40s, with wavy dark shoulder length hair, parted in the middle and a V neck black top. The book cover on the right has a pinky/orange background and two lilac coloured statues with arms outstretched, one below the other reaching up as if they are about to kiss.

Book review: Ordinary Human Love, Melissa Goode

A debut novel that surveys intimate relationships and the nature of desire.

Only the Astronauts. Image on left is a head and shoulders shot of a white 30-something woman with hair pulled back, a big smile and a black jacket with raised collar. On the right is the book cover, largely grey with two pink clad astronauts on the far left and right the one on the left looking in towards the other's back, and the one on the right looking off to the right.

Book review: Only the Astronauts, Ceridwen Dovey

A highly imaginative collection of tales about inanimate objects in space.

Thunderhead. On the left is a book cover of clouds in a dark blue sky, with large pearls dotted across the cover, and the title running down the sides. On the right is a black and white headshot of a young white woman with long straight hair and a fringe.

Book review: Thunderhead, Miranda Darling

Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, this novella explores coercive control. 

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