Pile by the Bed reviews Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk’s 2014 magnum opus The Books of Jacob centering around a little known Jewish messianic sect in eighteenth century Eastern Europe.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Quantum War, the third of four books planned in Derek Künsken’s heist-fuelled science fiction Quantum Evolution series.
Pile by the Bed reviews Lemon by Kwon Yeo-Sun a Korean crime novel that touches on a range of Korean social issues.
Pile by the Bed reviews Canticle Creek by Adrian Hyland – an Australian procedural, set in rural Victoria but with links back to the Northern Territory.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Russian Wife, the fourteenth in Australian crime writer Barry Maitland’s Brock and Kolla series.
Pile by the Bed reviews Kill your Brother – a breathless, tense and violent but compulsive thriller from Jack Heath.
Pile by the Bed reviews Noor by Nnedi Okorafor – a stand alone cyberpunk, Africanfuturist roadtrip with a resilient heroine at its core.
Pile by the Bed reviews Leviathan Falls by James SA Corey – the ninth and final book in The Expanse series. Recommended.
Pile by the Bed reviews Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead, a great American novel rich with character, theme and resonance and shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Promise by Damon Galgut, winner of the 2021 Booker Prize, a vebally inventive novel dealing with the last thirty years of South African history.
Pile by the Bed reviews Cosmogramma by Courttia Newland a book of short stories casting a new slant on familiar speculative fiction tropes.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Second Rebel, second book in Linden Lewis’ space opera First Sister trilogy which ups the stakes and develops to some great cliffhangers
Pile by the Bed reviews Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong, conclusion to her 1920s Shanghai set, Shakespeare inspired These Violent Delights.
Pile by the Bed reviews Devotion by Hannah Kent, a romance set against the story of the immigration of German religious communities to South Australia in the nineteenth century.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Last Woman in the World by Inga Simpson a post-apocalyptic tale that takes the recent experiences of the bushfires and pandemic in Australia as inspiration.
Pile by the Bed reviews Wild Place by Christian White – a dark, twisty descent into the suburbs when a teenager goes missing in the late 1980s.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Safe Place by LA Larkin – a page-turning thriller involving domestic violence, gaslighting and a serial arsonist with the tension fuelled by an encoaching megafire
Pile by the Bed reviews The Way It Is Now, the new stand alone novel by Australian master crime writer Garry Disher.
Pile by the Bed reviews Far From the Light of Heaven in which Tade Thompson brings his unique style to a spaceship-based locked room mystery.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends the final John Le Carré novel Silverview which shows once again why he was considered the master of the espionage novel.