Literary Reviews

Reviews on The Australian Literature Review are treated a little differently to reviews done in many other places, in that they are generally aimed more at the craft of fiction writing, with a particular book as its focus.

Australian Literature

The King Rolen’s Kin Trilogy and Technical Aspects of Fiction

Deadly Trust and Exposition Through Goal Oriented Action of a Character

When Courage Came to Call, Chapter Transitions and Story Outlines

The Delta, ‘Perspective and Voice’ and ‘Reporting Thought and Action’

Wildflower Hill: Introducing Character and Story

Beautiful Malice, Mystery and Suspense

Glitter Rose


Undercurrents, Coolum Wave Writers and Writer’s Group Anthologies

Fortune Cookie

King’s Wrath and setting up conflict

The Lost Castle and blending unfamiliar details into a story

Where Have You Been?

International Literature

Saints of New York, Style and Speech-Only Chapters

Full Dark, No Stars, by Stephen King

Fear, edited by RL Stine

Dexter is Delicious, by Jeff Lindsay

Operation Napoleon and scenes in novels

Persistence of Memory/Token of Darkness, by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Works on Literature

The Seven Basic Plots, by Christopher Booker (reviewed by Adair Jones)

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King

How to Write Short Stories for Magazines – and get Published, by Sophie King

On the Origins of Stories and Attention in Storytelling

How to Write Your (Character’s) Life Story in Ten Easy Steps

The Australian Literature Review is accepting submissions of reviews for works of fiction or reviews for works about fiction (800-3000 words).

There are no rules or conventions that must be followed for reviews. If you want some general guidance, ask yourself: Will people find it interesting and useful?

For further details, see the Submit page.

Submissions should be emailed to

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