TRENT DALTON All Our Shimmering Skies

Following the resounding acclaim for his debut novel, Trent Dalton has drawn together some of the elements that made Boy Swallows Universe such a success and remixed them into a gritty fable that bristles with tantalising optimism. The heart of his first book was...

TED CHIANG Exhalation

Reviewed by Chris Maher Review at Newtown Review of Books These new stories from award-winning author Ted Chiang challenge what we think about artificial intelligence, free will and other big questions. Ted Chiang made quite an impact in 2002 with his debut...

PHILIP PULLMAN The Secret Commonwealth

Reviewed by Chris Maher Review at Newtown Review of Books The new series from the author of the bestselling His Dark Materials continues in The Secret Commonwealth. For young adults, breaking up with a lover who seems to know your inner thoughts is a heart-wrenching...

BECKY CHAMBERS The Long Way to a Small

Reviewed by Chris Maher Review at Newtown Review of Books Becky Chambers assembles an intriguing cast of species in a spacecraft on a mission into deep space. Compared in its publicity to cult TV sci-fi show Firefly, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is both more...

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...

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...