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CHRISTOS TSIOLKAS The In-Between. Reviewed by Jessica Stewart

Posted on 23 Jan 2024 in Fiction |

The new novel from the award-winning author of The Slap and Damascus is a story of starting over. The In-Between is a story of two men, older and scarred by life, who know that they still have much to offer. They are looking to share the second...

JESSICA ZHAN MEI YU But The Girl. Reviewed by Ann Skea

Posted on 18 Jan 2024 in Fiction |

The protagonist of Jessica Zhan Mei Yu’s debut novel is meant to be writing about Sylvia Plath and race, but finds herself in Scotland with writer’s block. I was meant to be writing a postcolonial novel. It had been an immigrant novel first but I...

TRENT DALTON Lola in the Mirror. Reviewed by Michael Jongen

Posted on 17 Jan 2024 in Fiction |

Homelessness, a mother and daughter on the lam – Trent Dalton’s third novel sprinkles magic dust on Brisbane’s grim underbelly. I was bothered by Lola in the Mirror. I enjoyed Trent Dalton’s earlier novels Boy Swallows Universe and All Our...

LAVIE TIDHAR Adama. Reviewed by Robert Goodman

Posted on 16 Jan 2024 in Fiction | 1 comment

Lavie Tidhar’s new novel spans generations and embodies the ideals, contradictions and brutality within the establishment of the State of Israel. Lavie Tidhar is both incredibly prolific and remarkably eclectic. In the last couple of years alone he...

NRB readers’ favourite reviews of 2023

Posted on 19 Dec 2023 in Fiction, Non-Fiction |

Which of our reviews did you enjoy the most in 2023? We’ve checked the stats and the results are in: here are our top 10 reviews of the year. Is your favourite among them? Or one of your favourite books? Or just a few things you’d like...