DECEIT Richard Evans

Former federal politician Richard Evans (1993-98) reimagines a darker side of Australian politics in a brilliant new political thriller threesome, The Democracy Trilogy – a snap shot over three years of power in the Commonwealth Parliament of Australia, and how its misuse corrupts even the most ethical. Book one, Deceit, begins with a plane crash […]

GOODWOOD Holly Throsby

An exceptional debut – Throsby is also a noted singer-songwriter. “Goodwood was a peaceful town before the tragedies,” the teenage narrator, Jean, reflects on her town in 1992. Those tragedies involve twin disappearances. First, Rosie vanishes, a girl a year older than Jean and cool and inscrutable in the way only sad girls are. Soon […]

RETURN TO ROSEGLEN Helene Young

On her remote north Qld cattle station, Ivy Dunmore is facing the end of her days. Increasingly frail and given cause to doubt her own judgement, all she holds dear is under threat from both the elements and the enemy within her own family. Can Felicity, who is battling her own crisis as her 50th […]

SUMMER OF SECRETS Barbara Hannay

Sydney journalist Chloe Brown is painfully aware that her biological clock isn’t just ticking, it’s booming. When her longterm boyfriend finally admits he never wants children, Chloe is devastated. Impulsively, she moves as far from disappointment as she can – to a job on a small country newspaper in far north Qld. The little town […]

SCRUBLANDS Chris Hammer

From the dramatic opening this book will keep you riveted until the last page. A devoted congregation, a dead river, a dying town, an imposter and a killer’s motives…a year after a devastating shooting, a journalist comes back to document the shattered town’s recovery and how it has absorbed the tragedy and found a way […]

WOMEN IN SUNLIGHT Frances Mayes

Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun returns to the landscape of northern Italy for this, my standout of this issue’s selection of great reads. While it may echo the theme of the Byrski title above, it is very different. Three women at a crossroads in their lives meet by chance and the resultant friendship […]

THE OTHER WIFE Michael Robotham

William and Mary have been married 60yrs. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary his devoted wife. William and Olivia have been partners for 20yrs. Olivia was once a tennis star. Clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin knows only one of these stories to be true. But when he is called to his father’s hospital bedside after a […]

A MONTH OF SUNDAYS Liz Byrski

An ingenious study in the joy, self-revelation, life-changing motivation and comfort a book can offer the right reader. For more than a decade Ros, Adele, Judy and Simone have been in an online book club without ever meeting in person. When Adele is offered a luxurious home in the Blue Mountains to housesit while friends […]