Author: Jess Gately

Jess Gately is a freelance editor and writer with a particular love for speculative fiction and graphic novels.
Little Boat Trusting Lane

Book Review: Mel Hall’s The Little Boat on Trusting Lane is a compassionate story of complex relationships

June 24, 2021

Mel Hall’s debut novel, The Little Boat on Trusting Lane, is a tender and thoughtful reflection on the power of community in the process of healing. The Little Mother Earth Ship is an alternative healing centre based out of a houseboat aboard stilts in the middle of a scrapyard on Trusting Lane. Richard, who runs […]

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Turtlenecks

Book Review: Turtlenecks is Steven Christie’s satirical love letter to arts culture

June 3, 2021

Steven Christie pays tribute to and pokes fun at the sometimes impenetrable, often critical, but unquestionably interesting world of art in his comedy graphic novel: Turtlenecks. When art student Sam decides to donate his beloved flower necklace to a charity art auction, his friend Jules reminds him of the sentimental significance of the item. But the […]

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Under-Earth

Book Review: Chris Gooch’s Under-Earth explores friendship in a world where it’s every man for himself

May 18, 2021

Cartoonist Chris Gooch manages to pack a lot into this page-turning dystopian graphic novel. Under-Earth follows two sets of prisoners as they struggle to survive in the subterranean landfill prison of Delforge. Gooch’s story is a commentary on everything from capitalism, materialism, and prison culture to revenge, forgiveness, loneliness, and friendship. The story begins with […]

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Evie Wyld takes out the 2021 Stella Prize with her novel The Bass Rock

April 22, 2021

“We are all struggling. To acknowledge that is to connect to our fellow human beings and to nature…” In an evening centered around the theme ‘If They Could Talk: On Voice and Voicelessness’, Evie Wyld took out the 2021 Stella Prize and the $50,000 prize for her novel The Bass Rock, “a fearless novel that […]

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Women of a Certain Rage

Book Review: Exploring a world of anger in Women of a Certain Rage

April 8, 2021

The Australian Psychological Society writes that anger is triggered when a person believes “their wellbeing and social status are either not being respected or are under threat”. It seems timely then to be reading this book amongst the current climate of Australian politics. Women of a Certain Rage is a collection of short stories and […]

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To Sleep In A Sea of Stars

Book Review: Dive deep into Christopher Paolini’s epic space opera To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

March 4, 2021

Kira Navárez is a xenobiologist working as part of a team of scientists who survey planets before they are colonised. All her life she’s dreamed of first contact with an alien race but when, on a routine survey mission, Kira makes the discovery of a lifetime, things don’t turn out at all the way she […]

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