Little Gods was launched at Readings Carlton by Tracy Farr and you can read about it here.
The Australian said:
[The Secret Son is] rich in complications and worthy of Ackland’s varied narrative gifts. She has a keen sense of characters’ capacity for distracting reverie and she is also adept at elision: releasing information with unexpected and telling effects.
Ackland [has] given us [a first novel] that reshape[s] familiar historical material with originality and dash; sustains [her] strange tales with assurance; move[s] confidently between countries and eras, intimate and national histories; offer[s] [one] more indication of the present and future health of Australian fiction.