Bron Sibree

Bron Sibree is an Australian freelance journalist who has made a successful living writing for various publications in Australia and Asia for more than 20 years. In a former incarnation she was a potter living in remote rural Australia, but traded in the quest for perfection in form for the more elusive, sacred and sometimes profane lure of the written word.
Bron Sibree
Bron Sibree is an Australian freelance journalist who has made a successful living writing for various publications in Australia and Asia for more than 20 years. In a former incarnation she was a potter living in remote rural Australia, but traded in the quest for perfection in form for the more elusive, sacred and sometimes profane lure of the written word.

Latest from Bron Sibree

Review | How We Disappeared: Jing-Jing Lee’s powerful tale of wartime Singapore and the shame of silence

Jing-Jing Lee’s haunting narrative follows one of the Lion City’s unseen citizens, a widow and ‘cardboard auntie’, as she is forced to confront the horrors she experienced during the Japanese occupation

14 Apr 2019 - 10:30AM

Jing-Jing Lee’s haunting narrative follows one of the Lion City’s unseen citizens, a widow and ‘cardboard auntie’, as she is forced to confront the horrors she experienced during the Japanese occupation

How We Disappeared: Jing-Jing Lee’s powerful tale of wartime Singapore and the shame of silence
Review | The Kinship of Secrets – the true tale of sisters separated by the Korean war inspires a powerful novel

Eugenia Kim again mines her own family’s history for her latest novel, by

  • shifting the story between the United States and South Korea, she illustrates the power of separation and the duty of sacrifice
9 Jan 2019 - 9:03PM

Eugenia Kim again mines her own family’s history for her latest novel, by

  • shifting the story between the United States and South Korea, she illustrates the power of separation and the duty of sacrifice
The Kinship of Secrets – the true tale of sisters separated by the Korean war inspires a powerful novel
Review | The human side of Southeast Asia’s criminal underbelly exposed in non-fiction page-turner Hello, Shadowlands

Partly born from American journalist Patrick Winn’s frustration at Southeast Asia’s representation in the Western media, the book probes little-known terrain and highlights the human side to such underworld endeavours

23 Jul 2018 - 10:13AM

Partly born from American journalist Patrick Winn’s frustration at Southeast Asia’s representation in the Western media, the book probes little-known terrain and highlights the human side to such underworld endeavours

The human side of Southeast Asia’s criminal underbelly exposed in non-fiction page-turner Hello, Shadowlands
Review | Murder and dark side of human psyche explored in intense blood-soaked thriller by bestselling Korean author

You-jeong Jeong’s first book to be translated into English is an intense page-turner seeping with gore that delves deep into the dark side of the human psyche

18 May 2018 - 2:13PM

You-jeong Jeong’s first book to be translated into English is an intense page-turner seeping with gore that delves deep into the dark side of the human psyche

Murder and dark side of human psyche explored in intense blood-soaked thriller by bestselling Korean author
Review | Tim Winton’s harrowing novel The Shepherd’s Hut: poetic, profane and powerful

A story of gore, horror and hope from the master of landscapes, solitude and self reflection

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

A story of gore, horror and hope from the master of landscapes, solitude and self reflection

Tim Winton’s harrowing novel The Shepherd’s Hut: poetic, profane and powerful
Review | Amy Chua on US’ blindness to identity politics abroad and at home, from Vietnam to Afghanistan to Trump’s election

In Political Tribes, a book bristling with stinging home truths, Tiger Mom author blames American exceptionalism for decades of foreign-policy disasters and failure to grasp the mind-blowing tribalism that decided the 2016 election

24 Feb 2018 - 9:00PM

In Political Tribes, a book bristling with stinging home truths, Tiger Mom author blames American exceptionalism for decades of foreign-policy disasters and failure to grasp the mind-blowing tribalism that decided the 2016 election

Amy Chua on US’ blindness to identity politics abroad and at home, from Vietnam to Afghanistan to Trump’s election
Review | The Stolen Bicycle: Wu Ming-yi expertly weaves a narrative of Taiwan

Wu’s fifth novel blurs the lines between memoir and fiction, riding a singular obsession deep into cultural history

18 Sep 2017 - 3:12PM

Wu’s fifth novel blurs the lines between memoir and fiction, riding a singular obsession deep into cultural history

The Stolen Bicycle: Wu Ming-yi expertly weaves a narrative of Taiwan
Review | Eka Kurniawan’s brutal novel on Indonesian masculinity is not for the faint-hearted

After Man Tiger and Beauty Is a Wound, the third work by the literary sensation to be translated into English is an unflinching examination of physical and sexual violence

19 Jul 2017 - 5:20PM

After Man Tiger and Beauty Is a Wound, the third work by the literary sensation to be translated into English is an unflinching examination of physical and sexual violence

Eka Kurniawan’s brutal novel on Indonesian masculinity is not for the faint-hearted
Review | Heartbreak and otherworldly beauty from Korea’s most famous novelist, Hwang Sok-yong, in Familiar Things

South Korea’s best-known author, Hwang Yok-song uses both waste and mythical creatures to weigh the social and emotional price of a throwaway society in his latest novel

4 Jul 2017 - 11:48AM

South Korea’s best-known author, Hwang Yok-song uses both waste and mythical creatures to weigh the social and emotional price of a throwaway society in his latest novel

Heartbreak and otherworldly beauty from Korea’s most famous novelist, Hwang Sok-yong, in Familiar Things
Review | Murder, sex and obsession: retracing the footsteps of a yeti hunter slain in the Hindu Kush

Jordi Magraner spent 15 years in Chitral in search of a Himalayan Yeti, a quest that ended with his murder in 2002. Seven years later, journalist Gabi Martinez followed in his footsteps, and the result is a riveting book

30 Apr 2017 - 12:34PM

Jordi Magraner spent 15 years in Chitral in search of a Himalayan Yeti, a quest that ended with his murder in 2002. Seven years later, journalist Gabi Martinez followed in his footsteps, and the result is a riveting book

Murder, sex and obsession: retracing the footsteps of a yeti hunter slain in the Hindu Kush
Review | Viet Thanh Nguyen’s short story collection, The Refugees, reveals haunting, haunted worlds

With masterful economy and ease, the Pulitzer Prize-winner subverts our expectations of the refugee experience, drawing out not just the buried trauma but also the dreams and hopes of those who leave their homeland and end up ghosts in a new country

8 Feb 2017 - 4:10PM

With masterful economy and ease, the Pulitzer Prize-winner subverts our expectations of the refugee experience, drawing out not just the buried trauma but also the dreams and hopes of those who leave their homeland and end up ghosts in a new country

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s short story collection, The Refugees, reveals haunting, haunted worlds
Review | Min Jin Lee’s epic Pachinko takes on the complex and fraught history of Korea and Japan

Lee’s second novel, almost 30 years in the making, is a brilliant and subtle account of a Korean family across four generations and eight decades, and the struggles to find an identity as tradition crumbles in the face of modernity

11 Jan 2017 - 1:31PM

Lee’s second novel, almost 30 years in the making, is a brilliant and subtle account of a Korean family across four generations and eight decades, and the struggles to find an identity as tradition crumbles in the face of modernity

Min Jin Lee’s epic Pachinko takes on the complex and fraught history of Korea and Japan
Review | Book review: Tim Winton's compelling midlife memoir

The Australian writer, known for his deep connection to the environment, ruminates on a life in thrall to the beauty and power of language and landscape

26 Oct 2016 - 6:08PM

The Australian writer, known for his deep connection to the environment, ruminates on a life in thrall to the beauty and power of language and landscape

Book review: Tim Winton's compelling midlife memoir
Review | Book review: family saga relives horrors of modern Chinese history

You can’t help but be changed by reading Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Canadian writer Madeleine Thien’s lyrical third novel chronicling one family’s experience from civil war to June 4

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

You can’t help but be changed by reading Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Canadian writer Madeleine Thien’s lyrical third novel chronicling one family’s experience from civil war to June 4

Book review: family saga relives horrors of modern Chinese history
Review | Book review: Ruins is a haunting debut about family secrets and Sri Lanka’s civil war

Family ties fester as a bloody civil war reaches its denouement in this unforgettable first novel by Rajith Savanadasa

15 Jul 2016 - 12:03PM

Family ties fester as a bloody civil war reaches its denouement in this unforgettable first novel by Rajith Savanadasa

Book review: Ruins is a haunting debut about family secrets and Sri Lanka’s civil war
Book review: The Bones of Grace – uneven beauty, heart-wrenching sadness and rare power

Tahmima Anam concludes her Bengal trilogy with a novel that, in recounting the story of a love across continents and ethnic lines, subtly addresses the deepest concerns of our age

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Tahmima Anam concludes her Bengal trilogy with a novel that, in recounting the story of a love across continents and ethnic lines, subtly addresses the deepest concerns of our age

Book review: The Bones of Grace – uneven beauty, heart-wrenching sadness and rare power
Simon Sebag Montefiore on Russian empire's decline and fall

Historian's latest book about Russia, The Romanovs, covers 300 years of the imperial family

19 Jan 2016 - 6:44PM

Historian's latest book about Russia, The Romanovs, covers 300 years of the imperial family

Simon Sebag Montefiore on Russian empire's decline and fall
Book review: Geraldine Brooks brilliantly portrays the biblical King David as an all-too-human mix of sacred and profane

The Pulitzer-winning novelist has gone beyond the gilded and sanitised Sunday school story to reveal a man with a lust for life in all its aspects

26 Sep 2015 - 11:05PM

The Pulitzer-winning novelist has gone beyond the gilded and sanitised Sunday school story to reveal a man with a lust for life in all its aspects

Book review: Geraldine Brooks brilliantly portrays the biblical King David as an all-too-human mix of sacred and profane
Man who's playing with fire: David Lagercrantz on continuing Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series

Swedish author says he couldn't turn down offer to write further adventures of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist, despite the pressure and the opposition from Larsson's widow.

5 Sep 2015 - 4:15PM

Swedish author says he couldn't turn down offer to write further adventures of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist, despite the pressure and the opposition from Larsson's widow.

Man who's playing with fire: David Lagercrantz on continuing Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series
Book review: Mama - passionate salute to motherhood

Part memoir, part reportage, part social analysis, Mama, is shaped around the author's conversations with 10 experts.

4 Jul 2015 - 9:52PM

Part memoir, part reportage, part social analysis, Mama, is shaped around the author's conversations with 10 experts.

Book review: Mama - passionate salute to motherhood
Book review: Anne Enright's The Green Road - flinchingly honest

To read The Green Road, Anne Enright's eighth work of fiction, is to understand why the Booker Prize-winning author was named the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction this year. Readers will almost flinch at its brutal honesty even as they marvel at its acute perceptions as it transports you ever deeper into the fragile fissures of family, love and the human heart.

23 May 2015 - 10:52PM

To read The Green Road, Anne Enright's eighth work of fiction, is to understand why the Booker Prize-winning author was named the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction this year. Readers will almost flinch at its brutal honesty even as they marvel at its acute perceptions as it transports you ever deeper into the fragile fissures of family, love and the human heart.

Book review: Anne Enright's The Green Road - flinchingly honest
Interview: Li Feng on her harrowing account of Chinese women's struggles
Book review: Reckless by Hasan Ali Toptas - a tangled web of memory and dream

A coil of tales within tales draws the reader deep into the complexity of the author's homeland and to the dark heart of the novel.

25 Apr 2015 - 7:11PM

A coil of tales within tales draws the reader deep into the complexity of the author's homeland and to the dark heart of the novel.

Book review: Reckless by Hasan Ali Toptas - a tangled web of memory and dream
Interview: Andrew O'Hagan on his fifth novel, The Illuminations

Scottish author Andrew Hagan's new novel shines a light not just on the battlefront of the Afghanistan war, a conflict he describes as Britain's Vietnam, but the home front.

7 Mar 2015 - 8:30PM

Scottish author Andrew Hagan's new novel shines a light not just on the battlefront of the Afghanistan war, a conflict he describes as Britain's Vietnam, but the home front.

Interview: Andrew O'Hagan on his fifth novel, The Illuminations
Book review: The Fish Ladder - grieving mother journeys to rivers' sources

A grieving mother's journeys to the source of rivers morph into a quest for identity and the nature of belonging.

28 Feb 2015 - 11:12PM

A grieving mother's journeys to the source of rivers morph into a quest for identity and the nature of belonging.

Book review: The Fish Ladder - grieving mother journeys to rivers' sources
Book review: Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

Colm Toibin's novel captures a woman's struggle with grief and widowhood in Ireland of yesteryear, writes Bron Sibree.

1 Nov 2014 - 11:11PM

Colm Toibin's novel captures a woman's struggle with grief and widowhood in Ireland of yesteryear, writes Bron Sibree.

Book review: Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
Book review: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Sprawling yet intricately interwoven, David Mitchell's latest epic is a heartrending but ingenious puzzle, writes Bron Sibree.

6 Sep 2014 - 10:12PM

Sprawling yet intricately interwoven, David Mitchell's latest epic is a heartrending but ingenious puzzle, writes Bron Sibree.

Book review: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Debut novel examines Indian immigrant experience
Novel retrieves forgotten memory of massacre in Pakistan
Clever wordplay skewers modern manners and obsessions

If there's anything Edward St Aubyn's eighth novel is not, it is lost for words. The work dazzles with its verbal dexterity and, it must be said, toys wickedly, cleverly, with the notion that words can be made to do anything, but in the end can amount to nothing.

5 May 2014 - 7:11PM

If there's anything Edward St Aubyn's eighth novel is not, it is lost for words. The work dazzles with its verbal dexterity and, it must be said, toys wickedly, cleverly, with the notion that words can be made to do anything, but in the end can amount to nothing.

Clever wordplay skewers modern manners and obsessions