Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews The Hope Fault for SMH, The Age

The Hope Fault reviewed Sydney Morning Herald

Kerryn Goldsworthy’s review of The Hope Fault was published in The Saturday Age, Sydney Morning Herald (pictured) and Canberra Times on 25 March 2017 (and published online 24 March). … the novel is about the way we live our daily emotional lives and accommodate whatever happens to us, and [Farr] cleverly uses the solid ground of a particular house as a … Read more…

The Hope Fault on the map – reviews, interviews, events

The Hope Fault (map at National Library)

My second novel, The Hope Fault, was published this month, and it’s been a strange and wonderful few weeks watching it start to make its way onto the map of the big wide world of books. Here are some highlights, and a reminder to join us in Wellington on 28 March to celebrate the novel’s publication. Reviews Pip Adam’s lovely long-form … Read more…

Pip Adam reviews The Hope Fault for The Pantograph Punch

Pip Adam’s long-form review (read it online) of The Hope Fault was published this week in online arts and culture mag The Pantograph Punch. It’s a treat to have such attention and consideration focussed on the novel. … a large part of what makes her work so compelling … [is] the graft of a story well told. Farr uses space, time and … Read more…

David Herkt reviews The Hope Fault for Fairfax NZ

David Herkt’s lovely review of The Hope Fault for Fairfax was published in their regional papers around New Zealand this weekend. It is a novel [that] has a gravity and a weight. It is dense with sensation and thought. The small moments of existence are turned to catching the light. Farr is a master of describing a situation and teasing out its … Read more…

‘Backwards story gives novel a backbone’ interview in Post

On the last day of my recent trip to Perth, I met Sarah McNeill at a Shenton Park cafe for coffee and a chat about The Hope Fault. Sarah’s story was published in Perth’s Post newspaper. The Hope Fault is a uniquely crafted novel that interweaves the intimate and the remote, and beautifully captures the shifts, faults and … Read more…

Books+Publishing reviews The Hope Fault

The Hope Fault

Lou Heinrich reviewed The Hope Fault for Books+Publishing in February, ahead of the novel’s publication on 1 March 2017. [The Hope Fault] echoes the thoughtfulness of Jessie Cole’s Deeper Water, with its literary reflection on the geography of family, and the way domestic life can be invaded and divided. A gentle anxiety underlines the air of contentment, as Iris meditates on the mystery … Read more…

Portland Book Review – The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

Dick Weissman gave The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt 4.5 stars in his review this month for Portland Book Review. …a complex and lyrical novel about the life of an Australian musician who becomes an early exponent of the theremin. ★★★★1/2 — @PDXBookReview Read the review online Follow Portland Book Review on Twitter or Facebook

New York Times reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

On its US release, Alison McCulloch reviewed The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt for the New York Times Book Review, Sunday 26 June 2016 (in print 26 June, online 24 June). What’s immediately intriguing about Lena Gaunt isn’t Lena Gaunt but the fact that she plays a theremin…And Lena Gaunt isn’t just any theremin player. She’s … Read more…

The merry month of May

Dancing round the May-Pole

O, the month of May, the merry month of May, So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green! ‘The Merry Month of May’ by Thomas Dekker (1599) The month just past (So frolic. Much gay. Many green. Wow.) would’ve warranted a celebratory skip around the maypole, if it hadn’t been a bit chilly … Read more…

Foreword reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

Foreword Reviews Summer 2016

On its US release, Stephanie Bucklin reviewed The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt for the Summer 2016 issue of Foreword Reviews, a quarterly magazine featuring reviews of books from independent and university presses. From reflections on technology and art, to questions of addiction and control, the novel moves expertly from a portrait of Lena’s life to … Read more…