Monday, January 18, 2016
Book news and reviews from the Sydney Morning Herald
Anna Creer Anna Creer delves into the world of Norwegian crime.
Jeff Popple Jeff Popple casts a cluey eye over this summer's new crime fiction releases.
KAREN HARDY Karen Hardy talks to crime author Ben Sanders about Kiwi writers, thrillers and the American way.
Darryn King The 79-year-old actor has returned to the public eye with a second memoir and a new-found frankness about his past work. He doesn't hold back during an interview in his palatial Florida home.
Robert Manne Niall Ferguson's biography of Kissinger is neither a panegyric nor a demonisation. Although generally too sympathetic, Ferguson recognises his subject's over-weaning ambition and cold ruthlessness.
JASON STEGER The bestselling books from Australia, Britain and the US.
JASON STEGER Graeme Simsion's two Rosie books are the most popular in Victorian libraries, according to a new survey
Peter Stanley Grantlee Kiez fails to ask the most basic critical questions, or to have read much of the necessary literature.
Jeff Popple An engaging tale that sets an early high standard for this year's crime fiction.
Andrew Purcell Losing the manuscript for his first novel and having to start all over again made Sunil Yapa's final work a better book.
Richard King Frederic Raphael confuses criticism of the state of Israel and anti-Semitism in his essay on the historical hatred of the Jewish race.
James Bradley The author's unusually brief novel draws on the tradition of classic ghost stories, taking readers into a world of psychic vampires.
Emma Young The three characters at the heart of Sloane Crosley's The Clasp never consummated their love triangle as students. Now they're about to turn 30 and they meet up again.
Steven Carroll Michael Atherton called the late Richie Benaud the ''Hemingway of the airwaves'' as we learn in Benaud in Wisden.
Jane Sullivan Patricia Highsmith published The Price of Salt anonymously in 1952, its lesbian theme too controversial for the day. Now, it's the basis of the new film Carol.
Candida Baker Jane Caro and Rosie Waterland have very different backgrounds but have both written fascinating memoirs of their lives.
Dianne Dempsey The most interesting aspect of The Prison Book Club is the books themselves and the ones the prisoners prefer.
James Ley If there were ever any doubt about Christopher Hitchens' relish for taking a stand and arguing his case, And Yet … includes a couple of cracking essays that will put that doubt to the sword.
Kerryn Goldsworthy The Canadian novelist and poet Anne Michaels has written her first books for children. It's charming.
Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid starts the year at the top of the bestseller list.