July 17, 2019Melanie Golding's debut novel offers a gripping mixture of police procedural, folklore and horror as we follow new mother Lauren Tranter as she slowly loses her mind when her twin babies are snatched from her.
July 7, 2019Sometimes, how and when you are first introduced to an author’s works matter. Young adult fiction works by Isabel Allende influenced the columnist's opinion of Allende's great work, 'The House Of The Spirits' when she read it as an adult.
June 9, 2019Set in 18th century Victorian England, Elizabeth Macneal's debut novel, 'The Doll Factory', offers a strong period feel and sense of place, memorable main characters memorable and excellent writing.
March 13, 2019Instead of a done-to-death dystopian future or typical romance, Malaysian author Hanna Alkaf offers a locally-set young adult novel that looks at one dark day in Malaysian history through the eyes of an unusual protagonist.
January 15, 2019Publisher Raman Krishnan and storyteller Ninot Aziz put their heads and love for folktales together and produced the beautiful illustrated book 'Bidasari And The Djinn', a retelling of a local folktale.
October 10, 2018Taiwanese author and cultural commentator Lung Ying-tai shares the lesson she learned about dismissing the wisdom of older folk when, as a teenager, she summarily dismissed an aged lecturer only learning after he died how much wisdom he had to share.
October 8, 2018'Property' is a strong collection of short stories, and readers who have come to expect great writing from Shriver won’t be disappointed. But those burdened with a social conscience, or those aware of Shriver’s stances outside her fiction, may find that an objective reading requires quite some effort.
July 25, 2018Australian young adult fiction author Carol Jones was inspired by the customs, culture and history of her Malaysian-Chinese husband to write her first book for adults, 'The Concubine's Child'.
July 10, 2018In Katie Fforde's latest romance, 'A Country Escape', Fran Duke is a throroughly modern city gal who moves to the English countryside to take on the challenges of farming and wooing her handsome neighbour.