Reviews and Media
‘The Girl with the Gold Bikini’
'Lisa Walker's second YA novel gives us a fun new spin on Nancy Drew and 'girl detectives'. It will absolutely appeal to readers who love the mystery genre, with a relatable contemporary crossover ... an engaging, action-packed, fast-paced book - with many end-of-chapter cliffhangers. The issue of appearance discrimination is thoughtfully considered.' -
Olivia is strong, compelling, witty, irreverent, determined, intelligent and gutsy. Originality and a fresh perspective are provided through the setting, the whacky characters and comedic aspects. …unique, catchy, intriguing and appealing.
Connie Spanos, editor and reviewer, AJC Publishing and Kids Book Review
Meet the unstoppable Olivia Grace, teen PI, mistress of disguises and multi-tasking as she takes on all that the Gold Coast and Byron Bay have to offer meter maids, McSushi, a missing surfer, and self-made yoga gurus.
Marele Day, author of Lambs of God and the Claudia Valentine detective series.
Paris Syndrome is a charming coming-of-age story for ages 14+ and definitely for those who love all things French and dream of the romantic city of Paris. But it’s also a very poignant story of divorce, grief and a young girl finding her feet in a new, romantic and increasingly adult world.
Told with light humour, vivid imagery and evolving characters sporting fascinating back stories, YA novelist Lisa Walker has woven a multi-layered story of love and loss... Highly recommended.
Allison Paterson, Magpie Magazine
Paris Syndrome is definitely the book for you if you love YA contemporary or love all things Paris.
This seemingly light-hearted story, as adolescent fiction, touches on important aspects of the decisions of young people who are becoming aware of themselves and their role in the world... Wisdom is there in plenty...
This is a quirky affectionate read that will have teens laughing one minute and tearing up the next.
It is a tremendous read that will most appeal to 14+ female readers, particularly those who may suffer from Paris Syndrome!
The strength of the character relationships and interactions and the deft way in which Lisa Walker balances the different issues make this the sort of read that will leave a mark.
One of those remarkable books that sneak up on you. Surprising and beautiful.
Eliza Henry-Jones, author of 'P is for Pearl', 'Ache' and 'In the Quiet'
This is delicious... Many laugh out loud moments, genuine characters, and ultimately as fulfilling as a whole slice of a Mille-feuille just for yourself.
Libby Armstrong, Beachside Bookshop Avalon
We've fallen in love with this cheeky and charming new YA romance by Lisa Walker.
... a hilarious mix between comedy and coming of age
Faaiza, age 15
... the further I got into the book the more I wanted to read and I couldn’t put it down.
Sienna, age 15
...a delightful coming of age story
Paris Syndrome got me hook, line and sinker... For lovers of all things French related, Paris Syndrome offers one delectable slice of Paris!
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This was truly a romp, and a decidedly queer one, at that. The story exudes charm, no question about it.
Melt is so much more than romcom. Carefully layered beneath the quirky humour and the colourful, cartoonish bounce of Walker’s prose is a bittersweet, cleverly nuanced exploration of climate change – how we’ve failed to market it and how urgently we need to turn our minds to the task... Walker’s comic timing makes for many a laugh-out-loud moment.
Kim Kelly, author of the acclaimed Wild Chicory and best-selling The Blue Mile
For me, Melt is a fabulous little melting pot itself, of humour, science, topical debate, an amazing location, the idea of being true to yourself and finding out what you really want, and of course a little pinch of romance. I wish I could find more books just like this one!
Lisa is unafraid of big, outside-the-box ideas and she can make the crazy seem real. To top it all off she is funny and witty and the good news is she does not disappoint with this new book.
It's a lovely romp of a RomCom, involving Climate Change, Mistaken Identities and Antarctica!
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki on Twitter
Lisa has a great sense of humour. This novel should go far!
Dan Bloom, journalist, founder of the term cli-fi
Melt is a really engaging, relatable story for anyone struggling with the chaos of ‘modern life’. Come for the romance, stay to learn some surprising facts about one of the planet’s most intriguing locales.
If you are looking for a smart, modern day romance with a different slant, the buck stops with Melt... Melt is a crisp and snazzy tale that combines a pathway of self discovery, with a touch of romance, which is set against the broad backdrop of Antarctica. Melt is one out of the ordinary story that will be sure to touch your heart.
Whilst this is a funny and quirky romantic/comedy, it is so much more than that. Walker delves deeply into the issue of climate change and life in Antarctica and it is obvious these are subjects she knows and cares about. She adeptly applies this knowledge to her story and it makes for a good read.
This book seems deceptively light and fluffy at first, with over-the-top scenarios all loved up with sparkling dialogue. Then suddenly you realise that under the fluff the story has taken you deeper.
‘Arkie's Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing’
This is a funny, charming and thoughtful kind of chick lit, full of witty one-liners and intriguing minor characters, realistic about the vicissitudes of love and desire.
Lisa Walker’s charming storytelling takes the reader on a Dorothy-type journey through Oz, full of quirky characters, gentle mysteries, significant coincidences, a little surrealism and some quiet philosophical pondering.’
…delicious parallels to surrealist paintings, interesting and eccentric characters, unexpected and serendipitous events, marriage and affairs, pain and loss, self-awareness and healing. It’s a pleasure to read and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.’
Northern Rivers Echo
A blend of whimsy and imagination that never takes itself too seriously leads to an inevitable happy ending, and a satisfactory story told well.
South Coast Register
…an amusing kind of midlife crisis-resolution story.
You emerge at the end of the book having completed your own pilgrimage of sorts, one that is funny, insightful, charmingly offbeat, sweet and meaningful, a reminder that it is possible to be both entertained and given pause for thought, and that what you perceive as the end of all things could simply be the unexpected gateway to the next Big Thing in your life.
I recommend this book to anyone who has lost their mojo or is on a search to find yourself, you might just find what you're looking for in this book.
…brings a wonderfully irreverent touch to the idea of the pilgrimage as a sacred journey.
Arkie’s Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing is an offbeat, sometimes surreal, contemporary novel that will have you reminiscing about your last visit to one of Australia’s ‘Big Things’ and perhaps yearning for your own spiritual road-trip.
‘It’s a beautifully written book and a lot of fun.’
‘Lisa Walker has written a quirky, amusing, entertaining story, which I encourage you to try – it is a very different experience but worth your time.’
‘Strange and bizarre in the nicest way. Embrace this, enjoy the ride and imagine the Big Things in their heyday when you pick up this book.’
‘With shades of The Wizard of Oz, this is a quirky and highly original tale that highlights a longing for a more nostalgic time.’
‘Arkie’s Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing is an easy and very enjoyable read, and will appeal to many readers. Even though I usually read several books at a time, this novel pulled me in such that I didn’t want to put it down. Strongly recommended.’
Annette Marfording, Radio 2bbb
‘The story with the lawyer chasing Arkie was hilarious, she does incredible things to avoid being served with the papers and that part of the story really did keep me giggling.’
‘If you enjoyed reading Eat Pray Love, then you’ll love this book (with added Aussie bonus)’
‘A wonderful read, I really enjoyed it.’
Kerry Peck, 2BS Bathurst
‘…the characters and locations it draws on are as fresh as a Big Pineapple parfait.’
‘A heartwarming, funny book which I thoroughly enjoyed; So much so, I have purchased seven lucky Shinto Gods of my own in the hope they will guide me through 2015. Has Lisa started her own trend?’
‘Sex, Lies and Bonsai’
‘the voice Walker uses is authentic and her story is enriched by hard-won psychological insights.’
The Sydney Morning Herald
‘ … reaches out beyond romance to social commentary. Much to enjoy.’
The Cairns Post
‘…great characters, depth, intelligence, originality, fun and a bloody good laugh'
Northern Rivers Echo
‘Alongside the romance and memorable characters is some very clever erotic prose interspersed with witty dialogue’
‘spiced with quirky humour’
‘laidback, fun and perfect for a seaside read’
‘Lisa Walker is a talented writer and Sex, Lies and Bonsai is a quirky, engaging story of self discovery, love and life.’
Shellyrae at Book’d Out
‘refreshingly real and distinctly Australian in voice and setting with quirky characters that you’ll end up coming to care about.’
Bree at One Girl Too Many Books
‘I enjoyed Liar Bird for its wit, warmth and quirky spirit and look forward to reading more by Lisa Walker.’
Shellyrae at Book’d Out
‘I always enjoy a writer who can make me feel a myriad of emotions for a character and Lisa Walker certainly achieved that in this book.’
Bree at One Girl Too Many Books
‘I smiled and laughed my way all through the book, and then I picked it up to start reading it all over again. In my mind that makes this a Desert Island Keeper.’
Leigh at All About Romance.
‘Every once in a while you come across a little gem like Liar Bird. It is so exceptionally well-written, not to mention funny, that I'll be getting a print copy to add to my keeper shelf.’
Jill at Goodreads.
'... a fresh, lively voice that brings humour and
originality to the "women's fiction" genre.'
Northern Rivers Echo