One of the first characters to appear in "Inferno" is a spike-haired, malevolent biker chick dressed in black leather. She looks like trouble in more ways than one.
Review by Peter Craven Every so often a book comes along that has every kind of reader gasping with pleasure at its style and the anticipation of what's coming next.
Marc McEvoy Years at sea gave Hugh Howey all the background he needed to concoct a self-contained subterranean world.
Review by Bethany Taylor Goldie Roth has felt punished her entire life, until one day changes everything.
Review by Thornton McCamish It's the long, inward ordeal of enduring the past that Train Dreams is interested in.
Review by Ross Southernwood Sandakan revisits one of the worst Japanese atrocities committed against Allied POWs during the war.
Reviewed by Christine Cremen If you've decided to read Unnatural Habits, the latest instalment in the Phryne Fisher historical mystery series, and all you know of these stories is the recent ABC TV show based on them, you're in...
Review by Thornton McCamish Alice Munro has been doing what she does so extraordinarily well for a long time.
Review by Meredith Lewin The Twelve's biggest surprise comes in the first few pages.
Review by Peter Craven This is a devastating portrait of contemporary Australian politics.
Review by Winsor Dobbin This is a compelling read, but it's certainly not one for those that are faint of heart.
Reviewed by Owen Richardson Montebello is the name of a group of islands off the West Australian coast where the British tested atom bombs in the early 1950s.
Reviewed by Theo Chapman The cartoonish quality of the characters stops this story from being traumatising, especially since it is aimed at younger readers.
Reviewed by Peter Craven A look at what lies behind the phrases with which we communicate and the dead metaphor from which they derive.
Reviewed by Meredith Lewin Into that Forest is an exquisitely unforgettable colonial fairytale about two young girls lost in the woods.
Review by Peter Craven No book of adult fiction has ever been anticipated like The Casual Vacancy.
Reviewed by Daniel Herborn Eugenia is an outstanding new true crime story by Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi.
Reviewed by Jenny Hale It's 1939, and Georg's teacher is measuring heads to see who in the class has the most ''Aryan'' proportions.
Reviewed by Thornton McCamish Not surprisingly, this book about a ''year lived dyingly'' is not Hitchens at his muscular best.
Review By Joel Greenberg The last volume of Christopher Isherwood's diaries makes extraordinarily rich reading.