Helen Elliott

Helen Elliott
Helen Elliott is a literary journalist and writer.

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‘Fury’ by Kathryn Heyman


With stripped-down eloquence, the Australian novelist delivers a raging memoir about her rape as a teenager

The lightness of unbearable being: ‘Double Blind’


Edward St Aubyn tackles familiar themes – desire, drug use, psychoanalysis – via a fresh suite of characters

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‘The Committed’ by Viet Thanh Nguyen


The philosophical thriller sequel to ‘The Sympathizer’ sends its Vietnamese protagonists to the Paris underworld

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‘Fragile Monsters’ by Catherine Menon


Memories of the Malayan Emergency resurface when a mathematician returns to her home country, in the British author’s debut novel

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‘Jack’ by Marilynne Robinson


History and suffering matter in the latest instalment of the American author’s Gilead novels

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‘The Living Sea of Waking Dreams’ by Richard Flanagan


The Booker Prize winner’s allegorical new novel about the permanence of loss

‘The Time of Our Lives’ by Robert Dessaix


The memoirist’s latest, surprisingly unsettling instalment

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‘Little Eyes’ by Samanta Schweblin (trans. Megan McDowell)


Intimacy and privacy blur as people adopt cybernetic pets inhabited remotely by others, in this disturbing speculative fiction

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‘A Room Made of Leaves’ by Kate Grenville


The author of ‘The Secret River’ returns with a canny twist to fictionalise the life of Elizabeth Macarthur, wife of the Australian pioneering settler