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Chris Maher

Writer, journalist and editor

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I write across a variety of fields including travel, architecture, swimming, literature and science fiction.

Portfolio

Book reviews

The Newtown Review of Books
08/16/2018
TRENT DALTON Boy Swallows Universe. Reviewed by Chris Maher - The Newtown Review of Books

Boy Swallows Universe is a first novel rich in adventure, description and plot. Mark Twain famously said that truth is stranger than fiction, and the parts of Boy Swallows Universe that draw on Trent Dalton's actual boyhood are as intriguing as the fictional plot involving drug czars, prison break-ins and prescient siblings.

Newtown Review of Books
08/09/2016
Crime Scene: ZANE LOVITT Black Teeth. Reviewed by Chris Maher - Newtown Review of Books

Zane Lovitt, winner of the 2013 Ned Kelly Award, has produced an original Melbourne take on the noir crime novel. Black Teeth is peopled by loners. A protagonist who suffers breathless anxiety in public, his neighbour who cloisters herself away in her flat, an absent father who drinks himself blank in his rundown cottage, and the ...

Newtown Review of Books
02/01/2017
BEN H WINTERS Underground Airlines. Reviewed by Chris Maher - Newtown Review of Books

Underground Airlines is set in modern day USA - basically the same except for one overwhelming difference: the Civil War never happened, and slavery still exists. This novel is quite a feat.Ben H Winters has woven a provocative idea into a compelling narrative, driven fast and hard by a deeply conflicted protagonist.

Travel stories

News Limited Sundays
04/30/2016
Sunday in Rome

Chris Maher discovers renaissance beauty in everyday Rome.

The Australian
04/30/2016
Survival of the cutest

Chris Maher witnesses evolution in action during Heron Island's turtle hatching season.

Sunday Telegraph
04/30/2016
Going global in Bellingen

Chris Maher relaxes into the cool vibe of the Bellingen Global Festival.

The Australian
11/19/2015
Surf's up in Samoa

It's a smoky Sunday morning. All along the roadside, small boys tend fizzing black logs, manufacturing coke for the umu, the post-church feast that occupies most of the day.

NewsComAu
04/30/2010
Barcelona's pride in Camp Nou

THE packed stadium pulses like the insides of a gigantic red-and-blue anemone. Down on the sparkling green pitch, a lone figure in orange awaits his fate, like a man forcing his eyes open in front of a firing squad. A dark-haired goliath places a ball on the turf.

Kids books

Blake
The Time Tube

The Time Tube is the first book in a futuristic speculative fiction adventure for middle school children for upper primary and lower high school readers. The series is Hi-Lo Fiction, using simple language but concepts of interest to older readers. This story looks at the issues of .

Blake
The Invisible Detective

The Invisible Detective is the second book in a speculative fiction series for upper primary and lower high school readers. The series is Hi-Lo Fiction, using simple language but concepts of interest to older readers. This story looks at the issues of honesty and temptation.

Blake
Alien Doctor

Alien Doctor is the third book in a speculative fiction series for upper primary and lower high school readers. The series is Hi-Lo Fiction, using simple language but concepts of interest to older readers. This story looks at the issues of inclusiveness and bullying

Aussie Books
Macca Dacca

Part of the Highlights series: original works of fiction aimed at students aged 10-15 years who are reading below level, supported by full-colour manga-style illustrations.

Aussie Books
Jimmy and the Bluebottles

Part of the Highlights series: original works of fiction aimed at students aged 10-15 years who are reading below level, supported by full-colour manga-style illustrations.

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