Chris Maher

Writer, journalist and editor

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

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Book reviews

Newtown Review of Books

CIXIN LIU The Three-Body Problem series. Reviewed by Chris Maher - Newtown Review of Books

Cixin Liu takes the tropes of science fiction and looks at them with new eyes in this ambitious and imaginative series. 'Hard' science fiction doesn't have to be hard to read,...

Newtown Review of Books

TRENT DALTON Boy Swallows Universe. Reviewed by Chris Maher - 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...

Newtown Review of Books

ANDREW P STREET The Curious Story of Malcolm Turnbull, the Incredible Shrinking Man in the Top...

Street continues to blend fact and witticisms as he takes on Captain Abbott's mutinous replacement. As your humble scribe suggested when reviewing The Short and Excruciatingly...

Newtown Review of Books

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...

Newtown Review of Books

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...

Newtown Review of Books

JUSTINE LARBALESTIER My Sister Rosa. Reviewed by Chris Maher - Newtown Review of Books

The author of young adult novels Liar and Razorhurst crosses into an older readership with this disturbing story of a young man trying to protect his sister from her...

Travel stories

News Limited Sundays

Sunday in Rome

Chris Maher discovers renaissance beauty in everyday Rome.

The Australian

Survival of the cutest

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

Sunday Telegraph

Going global in Bellingen

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

The Australian

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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