The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman – Review

Stedman’s debut novel The Light Between Oceans is a refreshingly honest and heart-wrenching work that is sure to stay with you weeks after finishing it. It tells the story of war hero-turned-lighthouse keeper Tom, and his young, feisty wife Isabel, on the tiny, fictitious island of Janus Rock. Between the Great Southern …

Weekly Writing Prompts #2

Explore a psychological aspect of your main character through a small action. Do they pick up a drink and put it back down without taking a sip? Do they go to get something from the cupboard and forget why they’re there? Explorations like these are the perfect example of the …

“Good Morning, Penguin Random House”

Our Thoughts on the Penguin/Random House Merger The last few years have been scary for the literary world. In Australia, we’ve seen the likes of Angus & Robertson and Borders close up, two of our biggest bookstore chains in the country. Just a few weeks ago, the Dymocks on the …

A Publishing Merger for the Books

Many throughout the publishing industry were shocked to find that today, the merging of two major players became official. Penguin and Random House united under one roof today, now dominating the publishing world as one and preparing to take on e-giant Amazon's growing power. More on this later!

A Visual Masterpiece for the Modern Audience

It’s taken a while, but our verdicts are finally in on Lurman’s Gatsby. With its pumping Jay-Z-meets-The Charleston soundtrack and its visual feast of dazzling costuming, sky scraper fly overs and A-list cast, the 2013 Great Gatsby was always bound to impress loyal Lurman fans. It seems to have blown …

Another Shriver Novel to Gobble Up?

"In Lionel Shriver’s novel Big Brother, a woman puts her marriage on the line to help a drastically obese sibling lose weight.” Admittedly, the topic of Lionel Shriver’s new novel surprised us after the traumatic and serious nature of We Need to Talk About Kevin. However, with the promise of a …

Alice Munro’s Final Sentence

In the week before her 82nd birthday, short story writer Alice Munro has revealed “I’m probably not going to write any more” to a newspaper interviewer. For those of us who’ve studied Munro’s work and heard her hailed “our Chekhov”, this is indeed a sad day. “There will be no …