Pile by the Bed reviews The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz, a heartfelt and engaging novel full of likeably unlikeable characters that explores and comments on a range of aspects of modern life.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra, a multilayered character and incident filled historical novel set around a small American film studio in World War 2.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara an ambitious and skilful debut novel that charts the rise of a computer mogul from humble beginnings in the coconut industry through to a dystopian future,
Pile by the Bed reviews The Night Ship by Jess Kidd – a story which connects the 17th Century voyage and wreck of the Batavia on the Abrolhos Islands and the crayfishing industry on those islands in the late 1980s through the lives of two children.
Pile by the Bed reviews Jesustown by Paul Daley which tries to grapple with the ongoing impacts of Australian history.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Diplomat by Chris Womersley, a character study of a recovering addict dealing with the ghosts of his past and follow up to his 2013 novel Cairo.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends The Perfect Golden Circle by Benjamin Myers a story which reimagines the story of the men behind a series of complex British crop circles that appeared in the late 1980s.
Pile by the Bed reviews All the Lovers in the Night by Mieko Kawakami – a deep character piece that explores a woman seeking connection in modern Japan.
Pile by the Bed reviews Elektra by Jennifer Saint, a retelling of the lead up to, events and aftermath of the Trojan Wars from the perspectives of three female players.
Pile by the Bed reviews Here Goes Nothing by Steve Toltz – a black comedy tackling the afterlife and a range of current social issues.
Pile by the Bed reviews Abomination by Ashley Goldberg a searing debut exploring faith and extremism that takes as its background from a notrious abuse case in the Melbourne Orthodoc Jewish community.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends The Colony by Audrey Magee a lyrical novel exploring the history of Northern Ireland that transcends its allegorical nature.
Pile by the Bed reviews Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel, a literary science fiction tale that is part auto-fiction but also wraps in characters and siutations from her last two books.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Candy House, Jennifer Egan’s companion novel to her Pulitzer Prize winner A Visit from the Goon Squad.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Devil House by John Darnielle – a thematically rich and resonant series of tales of crime and murder that deconstruct the true crime genre to explore why we tell stories.
Pile by the Bed reviews The School for Good Mothers a debut by Jessamine Chan a slightly dystopian commentary on standarda of parenting and the child protection system.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Hovering by Rhett Davis – a worthy winner of the Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Award
Pile by the Bed reviews Robert Lukin’s second novel Loveland centring on an Australian woman discovering herself and her past in rural Nebraska
Pile by the Bed reviews Remember Me by Charity Norman a New Zealand set mystery wrapped around a family drama.
Pile by the Bed reviews Joan is Okay by Weike Wang, an insightful novel exploring the experience of Chinese Americans from the author of Chemistry.