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Fleur McDonald – Voices in the dark

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.

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Maryrose Cuskelly – The Cane

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2022
Cover design Luke Causby/Blue Cork

Whilst this is a rural crime fiction novel, it is also a striking and astute observation of Australian society in the 1970s. Set in a fictitious cane region in Queensland, the story centres on the investigation into the disappearance of a local teenager.

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