Pile by the Bed reviews Hungry Ghosts by Kevin Jared Hosein – set in 1940s Trinidad and dealing with social inequality and the legacy of colonialism through a range of characters.
Pile by the Bed reviews Yellowface by Rebecca F Kuang a satirical exploration and takedown of the publishing industry and particularly the way in which it deals with race and identity.
Pile by the Bed reviews Naked Ambition by Robert Gott a comedy that skewers Australian values and views that revolves around a naked portrait of a politician
Pile by the Bed reviews Rachel Heng’s second novel The Great Reclamation, an exploration of the modernisation of Singapore between World War 2 and the 1960s.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Dream Builders by Oindrila Mukherjee a critical but compassionate exploration of the complexities of modern India
Pile by the Bed reviews The Therapist by Hugh Mackay, a humanist and compassionate look at what goes on behind the psychologist’s door.
Pile by the Bed reviews I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai a novel which uses the creation of a true crime podcast to explore their popularity and their impact but also a range of other issues. Recommended
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Return to Valetto by Dominic Smith set in a dying Italian town, peopled with fascinating characters and lifted by luminous prose.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Birnam Wood by Booker Prize winning New Zealand author Eleanor Catton a deep, satiric and insightful exploration of power, idealism and environmentalism.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Old God’s Time by Sebastian Barry which focusses on a retired policeman and uses crime fiction tropes to explore and expose the issue of child sexual abuse in Ireland.
Pile by the Bed reviews Weasels in the Attic by Hiroko Oyamada, three connected stories that explore issues of parenthood and responsibility.
Pile by the Bed reviews Shmutz by Felicia Berliner, a novel about a young woman questioning her place and her life in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community of New York
Pile by the Bed reviews Stella Maris, the coda to Cormac McCarthy’s forst book in sixteen years – The Passenger
Pile By the Bed’s Top 5 reads for 2022 include The Perfect Golden Circle by Benjamin Myers, Hovering by Rhett David, Devil House by John Darnielle, The Colony by Audry Magee and Maror by Lavie Tidhar
Pile by the Bed reviews A Brief Affair, the fifteenth novel by twice Miles Franklin award winning Australian autho Alex Miller that asks deep questions about personal change and growth.
Pile by the Bed reviews Clarke by Holly Throsby, set in a regional Australian city which looks at the impact of a long running police investigation on the lives of two characters processing their own grief.
Pile by the Bed reviews Willowman by Inga Simpson – a love letter to Australian cricket and its traditions.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Trees by Percival Everett, a genre-mash satrire that explores the very real and painful history of lynchings in the United States that was shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize.
Pile by the Bed reviews We Spread by Iain Reid, a surreal and disorienting narrative from the perspective of an ageing protagonist put in a strange old age home.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Passenger, the first book from Cormac McCarthy for sixteen years full of beautiful and thoughtful passages but slightly less than the sum of its various exquisite parts.