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Reviews for The Fence & The Making of Christina

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Herald Sun

27 August 2016

When Building Fences Ends Up Burning Bridges Blanche Clark

Life in the ’burbs is not all lawnmowing and barbecues. Like Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap, Australian debut author Meredith Jaffe’s novel homes in on a hot-button issue that divides the characters, in this case a fence rather than a slap. Read review...


31 August 2016


Caroline Baum

Botanically speaking, Jaffe is of the same popular species as Liane Moriarty: let's call it by its Latin name: Hortus Nastyus Domesticus. A deceptive native shrub with dangerous spines concealed beneath showy blooms. Read review...

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Weekly Times

2 September 2016


Edwina Hall

It’s this clash of generations, differing ideals, and a cast of interesting and eccentric characters that makes The Fence a page-turner. Read review...

Chick Lit Club


This suburban satire is a very promising debut. The dirty tactics employed by these feuding neighbours raises plenty of smiles and the relationship troubles faced by both Gwen and Frankie ensure the book has plenty of heart too. Read review...

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Beauty & Lace

17 September 2016

Review - The Fence


I really enjoyed this book once I got involved, and I was so entranced by the goings on that I had to find out what would be next. Read review...

Book Muster Down Under

19 September 2016


Marcia B

Meredith Jaffé has written an absorbing, entertaining and utterly believable story that brims with the assurance of an important new voice in contemporary fiction and I can’t wait to see where she takes us to next. Highly recommended and one for the Book Clubs! Read review...

But Books Are Better

7 September 2016


Heidi F

A wonderful novel, and a full 5 stars from me. Loved it – very much recommended, especially for readers who enjoy a good Aussie drama, such as Liane Moriarty’s writing. Read review...

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The Australian

15 October 2016

Review - The Fence

Andrew McMillen

The Fence is an accomplished, self-contained story by a debut author with evident skill in writing realistic characters, place and dialogue. Jaffe has an ear and eye for each of these aspects, and none of the

narrative’s turns feel forced or implausible. Read review...

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The Australian Women's Weekly

December Edition 2016


Hannah Richell

With her eye for satire, Jaffé does for neighbourly disputes what Liane Moriarty did for schoolyard scandals in Big Little Lies. The Fence is guaranteed to resonate. Read review...

Beauty & Lace 

8 August 2017

Review - The Making of Christina


This is a book that was beautifully crafted with flawed characters that could be any one of us.

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The Australian

16 September 2017

Review - The Making of Christina

Thuy On

Jaffe has been likened to Liane Moriarty and the comparison is a fair one. She knows how to create and animate the domestic dramas of easily relatable characters and exploit the darkness seething beneath the gloss of surface civilities. Read review...