Almost immediately in Sal we find out that she has killed someone and is on the run with her younger sister.
Six years on, what has amazed us is how fast and far-reaching the effects have been.
Pachinko is an intergenerational narrative with the unputdownable quality of soap plus the satisfactions of prose that can disclose realities and a set of interconnected stories that mirror the movement of history.
What should you do if you fancy doing the crossword in a cafe's newspaper? Fill it in, rip it out or ignore it completely? What a dilemma.
If the title Neverland makes you think of Peter Pan, that work sits darkly over a story that merges myth and the grim challenges of adolescent mental health.
Tim Winton's The Shepherd's Hut tops the fiction bestseller chart
As Russian diplomats are expelled following the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, I am reminded of my uncle Dave's friend Donald Maclean.
The Worry Front is a volume of stories with variegated material, delivered in confident streamlined prose and a vivid range of voices.
This is an imaginative exploration of the contours and confines of patriarchy, and what might lay beyond them.
Susi Fox wanted her first novel to explore the ways in which women aren't believed, or even heard, when they do speak up.
Roma Agrawal explains what it takes to keep a tall building standing.
A character in Charles Dickens' Great Exectations inspired Geoffrey Robertson to take up the law.
Barbara Lipska was a specialist in mental health research but her own experience of it gave her added insight.
Matt Young served three tours in Iraq and they were each brutal and absurdist experiences.
Atheists have to confront the notion that their stand is based on the varying forms of the faith of secular humanism.
Dervla McTiernan's first novel is an accomplished, tightly plotted police procedural.
The acclaimed Australian novelist Gail Jones says she is a novelist of ideas: ''Plot points are really engines for dispersed, unstable ideas about art, family and time.''
The popularity of Jennifer Maiden's poetry stems from her interest in moral complexity and the accessibility of her discursive mode.
Asne Seierstad's great service in Two Sisters is to reveal the humanity at the core of dramas often presented more as part of political plays than simple truths.
Diane Atkinson's book about the suffragettes coincides with the centenary of British women getting the vote.
Literary news and events in Canberra.
Peter Temple didn't just write about crime. He also wrote a special kind of human poetry.
Like George Orwell, a figure lurking behind much of his work, Robert Manne is a moralist (in the good sense of the word) but rarely a sentimentalist.
Every day, humans issue six billion electronic messages, more and more marbled with emoji. Like gestures, like prosody, our pictographs work best in concert with language.
Audrey Niffenegger and her husband Eddie Campbell have collaborated on a remarkable graphic novel, Bizarre Romance.