Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2023 Jacket design by Lisa White Jacket illustration – Edwina Edwards, Blue Trees
A kind of confession provides a glimpse into award-winning author Alex Miller’s life from boyhood to the present, documenting his feelings, ideas about a multiplicity of things and some personal and shared histories.
Pianist Michael Curtain with mezzo-soprano Anna Dowsley Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Canberra 7pm Friday 1 March 2024
Written and directed by Constantine Costi, Long Lost Loves (and Grey Suede Gloves) weaves together a series of American composer William Bolcom’s cabaret songs to create a poignant meditation on life, love and living in the moment.
Published by Murdoch Books, an imprint of Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2023 Design Manager and illustrations by Kristy Allen Designers Trisha Garner and Susanne Geppert Photography, recipes and styling by Tilly Pamment
Tilly Pamment’s cake cookbook is a beautifully produced work of art with her elegantly styled photographs of every cake, variously accompanied by flowers, fabrics, covetable ceramics and baking paraphernalia.
Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2023 Cover design Nada Backovic Cover images Shelly A Richmond; Arcangel; Ewen Bell
This is Fleur McDonald’s 22nd rural fiction novel. In it, along with the expected rural policing story led by the much loved Detective Dave, she delves into the challenges of parenting, various models of the family unit, parent-child relationships, issues of power imbalance – familial, professional and societal – and social mores to do with out of wedlock teenage pregnancy.
Scholastic, Australia, 2024 Book design by Sofya Karmazina
Artist Nicky Johnston is undoubtedly one of the children’s picture book world’s queens of cuteness. Thus the combination of her sweet anthropomorphic representations of Millie with Cate Whittle’s gentle story is a marriage made in heaven.
Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, Australia, 2023 Cover design and illustrations by Andrew Davis
It would do this luscious book a disservice to describe it as a retelling of a fairy tale. After the Forest is a beautifully written historical fantasy which plumbs the depths of human psychology and experience.
Allen &, Australia, 2024 Cover design by Nada Backovic Cover images Getty Images/Liliya Krueger (model); David Diehm Photography (background)
Lee Christine’s latest crime thriller is an exercise in comparative morality. It’s a fast-paced delve into the nefarious deeds and nasty people in places of power, high and low, touching on the justice system, organised crime and to a lesser extent by implication, the police force and prison system.
What a clever author Erina Reddan is! Whilst this novel is an edge of the seat thriller, highly filmic and so visually graphic it could easily be a television drama series, it is also a beautiful literary work, rich in imagery and complex in its themes and motifs. It’s delicious reading.