Top 5 Books 2022


Links to the full reviews in the book covers.

The Perfect Golden Circle by Benjamin Myers
Benjamin Myers deeply thematic and resonant novel follows two very different men who come together to ‘strive towards beauty’ by creating crop circles in English fields in the late 1980s.
Hovering by Rhett Davis
A city reinvents itself as do its inhabitants in Rhett Davis’s award winning debut – a surreal and unvarnished look at modern Australia
Devil House by John Darnielle
John Darnielle takes on and exposes the true crime genre in a thematically rich series of nested tales to explore the question of why we tell stories
The Colony by Audrey Magee
Audrey Magee’s lyrical novel moves way past allegory as it explores the legacy of colonialism on a small island off the coast of Ireland in the 1970s.
Maror by Lavie Tidhar
Lavie Tidhar delivers a fascinating warts and all history of modern Israel from the view of its underbelly and in the style of James Ellroy

Honourable Mentions

Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra
Anthony Marra tells a multi-layered and character filled story of the people associated with a small movie studio during the Second World War.
The Settlement by Jock Serong
Jock Serong finished his Furneau Islands trilogy of historical novels with the story of the Aboriginal communities moved to those Islands from their Tasmanian country in the mid 19th Century.

The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler
Ray Nayler’s debut deals with a terrestrial first contact but is also a reflection of issues of sentience and intelligence.
The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Jean Hanff Korelitz’s novel is a heartfelt and engaging family drama and satire full of likeably unlikeable characters that explores and comments on a range of aspects of modern life.

Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka
Danya Kukafya’s second novel explores the ripple effects of violence as it focuses on the three women around the life of a serial killer facing the death penalty.

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