BEN H WINTERS Underground Airlines.

Reviewed by Chris Maher Review at Newtown Review of Books Underground Airlines is set in modern day USA – basically the same except for one overwhelming difference: the Civil War never happened, and slavery still exists. This novel is quite a feat.Ben H Winters has...

Taking the slow road

By Chris Maher (Excerpt from the story in Snapshots of Sri Lanka) THIS was a first. Of all the places I’d travelled either by myself or with the family, I’d never hired a driver. I’d always believed that using local public transport was the best way...

Survival of the cutest

By Chris Maher [This story first appeared in The Australian newspaper.] Calmed by flutes of chilled champagne, my wife and I felt highly privileged as we sat by ourselves on the white Heron Island sand, watching an orange sun slink beneath the shimmering waters of the...

TRENT DALTON Boy Swallows Universe

Reviewed by Chris Maher Review at Newtown Review of Books Boy Swallows Universe is a first novel rich in adventure, description and plot. Mark Twain famously said that truth is stranger than fiction, and the parts of Boy Swallows Universe that draw on Trent Dalton’s...