What’s the most recent Australian book that you read and loved? 

The Waiting Room by Leah Kaminsky. Leah sent me a pre-publication proof for review. I get a lot of such requests, but give priority to local authors, particularly debut authors. It’s a finely written portrait of an Australian doctor working in Israel, dealing with the realities of the present and the ghosts of the past. Knopf will publish it later this year. http://abiawards.com.au/general/graeme-simsion-qa/