2015 Online Mainstream Media Reviews of AWW Fiction

The following is a list of selected fiction titles by Australian women. Reviews for these titles appeared in mainstream Australian media during 2015, were included in the 2015 Stella Count, and are now available online.

Note: some links, such as Books+Publishing, may be behind a paywall. Others may restrict access after a number of pages viewed, but if you come back to them at a later date you should be able to see them. Please let us know via our contact page if you find any broken or incorrect links.

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Ackland, Jenny. The Secret Son. Reviewed by Peter Pierce in Weekend Australian.

Adelaide, Debra. The Women’s Pages. Reviewed by Helen Elliot in Monthly, by Susan Sheridan in Australian Book Review, Felicity Plunkett in Weekend Australian, Bernadette Brennan in The Age/SMH,  and Joanne Shiells in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Alderson, Maggie. Secret-Keeping for Beginners. Reviewed by Rachel Wilson in Books+Publishing.

Armstrong, Sarah. His Other House. Reviewed by Gretchen Shirm in Weekend Australian, and Cameron Woodhead in The Age/SMH.

Ashmere, Emma. The Floating Garden. Reviewed by Sue Gould in Advertiser and Cameron Woodhead in The Age.

Barker, Robin. Close to Home. Reviewed by Ed Wright in Weekend Australian and Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH.

Barrett, Shirley. Rush Oh! Reviewed by Eleanor Limprecht in Weekend Australian, Peter Pierce in The Age/SMH, and Chris Harrington in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Bennett Daylight, Tegan. Six Bedrooms. Reviewed by Georgia Blain in Australian Book Review, Felicity Plunkett in Weekend Australian, and Peter Pierce in The Age/SMH.

Bird, Carmel. My Heart are Your Hearts. Reviewed by Susan Midalia in Australian Book Review, Peter Craven in The Age/SMH, and Bronwyn Redda in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Bishop, Stephanie. The Other Side of the World. Reviewed by Helen Elliott in Monthly, Jane Sullivan in Australian Book Review, Felicity Plunkett in Weekend Australian, Dorothy Johnston in The Age/SMH, and Rachel Wilson in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Bitto, Emily. The Strays. Reviewed by Sophia Barnes, Sydney Review of Books.

Black Inc. Something Special, Something Rare: Outstanding Short Stories by Australian Women. Reviewed by Emily Laidlaw in Weekend Australian, and Thuy On in The Sunday Age.

Bobis, Merlinda. Locust Girl: A Lovesong. Rivewed by Ed Wright in Weekend Australian, Lucy Sussex in The Sunday Age/SMH, and Louise Fay in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Brien, Chloe. Award Winning Australian Writing 2015. Reviewed by Owen Richardson in The Age/SMH.

Brooks, Geraldine. The Secret Chord. Reviewed by LS in Saturday Paper, Morag Fraser in Australian Book Review, Peter Craven in Weekend Australian, Stephanie Dowrick in The Age/SMH, and Mark Johnson in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Brown, Honey. Six Degrees. Reviewed by Kerry Goldsworthy, The Age/SMH, and Kat Mayo in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Buist, Anne. Medea’s Curse. Reviewed by Ed Wright in Weekend Australian, and Sue Turnbull, The Age/SMH.

Burrows, Deborah. A Time of Secrets. Reviewed by Christine Cremen in The Sunday Age/SMH.

Cadwallader, Robyn. The Anchoress. Reviewed by AF in Saturday Paper, Gretchen Shirm in Monthly, Carol Middleton in Australian Book Review, Peter Pierce in Weekend Australian,  Eleanor Limprecht in The Age/SMH, and Chloe Townson in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Campion, Alice. The Painted Sky. Reviewed by Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH.

Chandler, Tania. Pease Don’t Leave Me Here. Reviewed by EA in Saturday Paper, Dianne Dempsey in The Age/SMH, and Hilary Simmons in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Clark, T M. Tears of the Cheetah. Reviewed by Kat Mayo in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Craig, Jen. Panthers & The Museum of Fire. Reviewed by Ed Wright in Weekend Australian, Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH, and Angie Andrewes in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Dattner, Zoe and Louise Swinn. The Sleepers Almanac. Reviewed by Jenni Kauppi in Australian Book Review.

De Costa, Caroline. Reviewed in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

De Kretser, Michelle. Springtime: A Ghost Story. Reviewed by Francesca Sasnaitis in Australian Book Review.

De Saint Phalle, Catherine. On Brunswick Ground. Reviewed by Thuy On in The Sunday Age/SMH, and Pip Newling in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Dechian, Sonja . An Astronaut’s Life. Reviewed by CR in Saturday Paper, Gretchen Shirm in Weekend Australian, Louise Swinn in The Age/SMH, and Emily Laidlaw in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Evans, Christine. Cloudless: A Novel in Verse. Reviewed by Craig Billingham in Australian Book Review.

Faulkner, Annah. Last Day in the Dynamite Factory. Reviewed by SH in Saturday Paper, Diane Stubbings in Weekend Australian, and Gretchen Shirm in The Age/SMH.

Finn, S J. Down to the River. Reviewed by SH in Saturday Paper, Luke Johnson in Australian Book Review, Ed Wright in Weekend Australian, Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH, and Hilary Simmons in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Forsyth, Kate. The Beast’s Garden. Reviewed by Daphne Guinness in The Age/SMH.

Fox, Candice. Eden. Reviewed by Sue Turnbull in The Age/SMH.

French, Jackie. Ophelia: Queen of Denmark. Reviewed by Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH.

Frew, Peggy. Hope Farm. Reviewed by Ed Wright in Weekend Australian, Jessica Au in The Age/SMH, and Emily Laidlaw in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Funder, Anna. The Girl With the Dogs. Reviewed by LS in Saturday Paper, and Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH.

Gorton, Lisa. The Life of Houses. Reviewed by SR in Saturday Paper, Catriona Menzies-Pike in Australian Book Review, Felicity Plunkett in Weekend Australian, Helen Elliott in The Age/SMH, and Kerry Goldsworthy in Sydney Review of Books., and Rebecca Butterworth in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Green, J M. Good Money. Reviewed by Thuy On for The Sunday Age, and Viki Dun in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Halligan, Marion. Goodbye Sweetheart. Reviewed by Judith Armstrong for Australian Book Review, Felicity Plunkett for Weekend Australian, Helen Eilliott for The Age/SMH, and Christine Cremen for The Sunday Age.

Harrower, Elizabeth. A Few Days in the Country and Other Stories. Reviewed by Bernadette Brennan for Australian Book Review, John Freeman for Weekend Australian, Owen Richardson for The Sunday Age, and Felicity Plunkett for The Age/SMH.

Hart, Pamela. The Soldier’s Wife. Reviewed by Felicity McLean in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Hayes, Antonia. Relativity. Reviewed by LS for Saturday Paper, Gretchen Shirm for Australian Book Review, Ed Wright for Weekend Australian, Eleanor Limprecht for The Age/SMH, and Joanne Shiells in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Henry-Jones, Eliza. In the Quite. Reviewed by Kerryn Goldsworthy for The Age/SMH, and Paula Grunseit in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Hepworth, Sally. The Secrets of Midwives. Reviewed by Kerry Goldsworthy for The Age/SMH., and Joanne Shiells in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Hickie, Amanda. An Ordinary Epidemic. Reviewed by Ed Wright for Weekend Australian., and Jessica Broadbent in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Howell, Katherine. Tell the Truth. Reviewed by Sue Turnbull in The Age/SMH, and Thuy On in The Sunday Age.

Jaquiery, Anna. Death in the Rainy Season. Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead in The Age/SMH, and Rachel Wilson in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Johnson, Susan. The Landing. Reviewed by Anthony Lunch for Australian Book Review, Louise Swinn for Weekend Australian, Dorothy Johnston for The Age/SMH, Thuy On for The Sunday Age, Beth Driscoll for Sydney Review of Books., and Louise Fay in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Jones, Myfanwy. Leap. Reviewed by EA in Saturday Paper, Naama Amram in Australian Book Review, and Michael McGirr in The Age/SMH.

Jones, Gail. A Guide to Berlin. Reviewed by Brenda Walker in Monthly, Gillian Dooley in Australian Book Review, Geordie Williamson in Weekend Australian, Melinda Harvey in The Age/SMH, Tanya Dalziell in Sydney Review of Books, and Elke Power in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Jones, S A. Isabelle of the Moon and Stars. Reviewed by Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH.

Juchau, Mireille. The World Without Us. Reviewed by LS in Saturday Paper, Susan Lever in Australian Book Review, Geordie Williamson in Weekend Australian, Andrew Riemer in The Age/SMH, Thuy On in The Sunday Age, and Julieanne Lamond in Sydney Review of Books.

Kaminsky, Leah. The Waiting Room. Reviewed by Peter Pierce in Weekend Australian, Anne Susskind in The Age/SMH, and Alice Nelson in Sydney Review of Books.

Kneen, Krissy. The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine. Reviewed by Fiona Wright in Weekend Australian, and Cameron Woodhead in The Age/SMH, and Angie Andrewes in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Lawson, Sue. Freedom Ride. Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead in The Age/SMH.

Limprecht, Eleanor. Long Bay. Reviewed by Ashley Hay in Weekend Australian, and Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH, and Paula Grunseit in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Little, Carolyn. Bergstrom’s Orange. Reviewed by Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH.

Lohrey, Amanda. A Short History of Richard Kline. Reviewed by BB in Saturday Paper, Barry Hill in Monthly, Felicity Plunkett in Australian Book Review, Geordie Williamson in Weekend Australian, Morag Fraser in The Age/SMH, and Bernadette Brennan in Sydney Review of Books., and David Gaunt in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Lohrey, Amanda. The Best Australian Stories 2014. Reviewed by Andrew Riemer in The Age/SMH.

Lohrey, Amanda. The Best Australian Stories 2015. Reviewed by Gregory Day in Weekend Australian, and Elly Varrenti in The Age/SMH.

McIntosh, Fiona. The Last Dance. Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead in The Age/SMH.

McLennan, Tess. Ghosts. Reviewed by Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH.

Messer, Jane. Hopscotch. Reviewed by Dorothy Johnston in The Age/SMH.

Midalia, Susan. Feet to the Stars and Other Stories. Reviewed by Cassandra Atherton in Australian Book Review, and Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH.

Moon, Josephine. The Chocolate Promise. Reviewed by Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH. and Amy Vuleta in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Moriarty, Cass. The Promise Seed. Reviewed by Jay Daniel Thompson in Weekend Australian, and Carody Culver in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Morrissey, Di. Rain Music. Reviewed by Dianne Dempsey in The Age/SMH.

Morton, Kate. The Lake House. Paula Grunseit in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Mundy, Jane. In My Father’s House. Reviewed by Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH.

Murray, Kirsty, Payal Dhar and Anita Ray. Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean. Reviewed by Thuy On in The Sunday Age.

Nunn, Judy. Spirits of the Ghan. Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead in The Age/SMH (short review). Also longer article by Karen Haryd: The Age/SMH.

O’Brien, Rebecca. The Trivia Man. Reviewed by Rebecca Butterworth in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

O’Reilly, Paddy. The Wonders. Reviewed by Francesca Sasnaitis in Sydney Review of Books.

O’Reilly, Paddy. Peripheral Vision: Stories. Reviewed by Debra Adelaide in Australian Book Review, Rebecca Giggs in Weekend Australian, Cameron Woodhead in The Age, and Hilary Simmons in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Oswald, Debra. Useful. Reviewed by LS in Saturday Peper, Naama Amram in Australian Book Revew, Thuy On in Weekend Australian, Dianne Dempsey in The Age/SMH, and Joanne Shiells in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Owen, L J M. Olmec Obituary: Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth Book One. Reviewed by Fiona Hardy in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Pacat, CS. Captive Prince. Reviewed by CR in Saturday Paper.

Pacat, C S. Captive Prince and Prince’s Gambit. Reviewed by Heath Graham in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Price, Sandra Leigh. The Bird’s Child. Reviewed by Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH, and Grace Nye in Australian Book Review.

Rawson, Jane. Formaldehyde. Reviewed by Ed Wright in Weekend Australian.

Reed, Nicki. Unmarry Me. Reviewed by SR in Saturday Paper, and Cameron Woodhead in The Age/SMH.

Reines, Ros. The Social Diary. Reviewed by Ed Wright in Weekend Australian.

Robinson, Alice. Anchor Point. Reviewed by Gillian Dooley in Weekend Australian, Owen Richardson in The Age/SMH, Thuy On in The Sunday Age, and Alice Robinson in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Seaton, Annie. Kakadu Sunset. Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead in The Age/SMH.

Tampke, Ilka. Skin. Reviewed by Peter Pierce in Weekend Australian.

Tang, Estelle. Lost Boy & Other Stories. Reviewed by Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH.

Treloar, Lucy. Salt Creek. Reviewed by Peter Pierce in Weekend Australian, and Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH.

Trope, Nicole. Hush, Little Bird. Reviewed by Soss Southernwood in The Sunday Age.

Turner, Ann. The Lost Swimmer. Reviewed by LL in Saturday Paper, Rose Lucas in Australian Book Review, Ross Southernwood in The Sunday Age and Cameron Woodhead in The Age/SMH.

Ulman, Abigail. Hot Little Hands. Reviewed by LS in Saturday Paper, Fiona Wright in Weekend Australian, Louise Swinn in The Age/SMH, and Hilary Simmons in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Varley, Claire. The Bit in Between. Reviewed by Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH.

Volk, Valerie. Bystanders. Reviewed by Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH.

Viskic, Emma. Resurrection Bay. Reviewed by Sue Turnbull in The Age/SMH, and Heath Graham in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Wakefield, Vikki. Inbetween Days. Reviewed by Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH.

Walker, Lisa. Arkie’s Pilgrimmage to the Next Big Thing. Reviewed by Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH.

Washington, Cassandra. Breaking Beauty. Reviewed by Cassandra Atherton in Australian Book Review, Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH, and Thuy On in The Sunday Age.

Wood, Charlotte. The Natural Way of Things. Reviewed by Susan Lever in Australian Book Review, James Bradley in The Monthly, DV in Saturday Paper, Rosemary Sorensen in Sydney Review of Books, Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH, and Portia Lindsay in Books+Publishing (pay wall).

Wooller, Geraldine. Trio. Reviewed by Jay Daniel Thompson in Weekend Australian, and Cameron Woodhead in The Age/SMH.

Wrightson, Kellinde. The Notorious Frances Thwaites. Reviewed by Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age/SMH.

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Compiled by Elizabeth Lhuede, Oct 2016.

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