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That Sugar Film

Reviewed by Stella Charls

Australian actor Damon Gameau’s documentary opens with the sweetest montage I’ve ever seen. Colourful lollies, bright bottles of soft-drink, the rainbow displays that line our supermarket shelves. Th…

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The Seven Good Years by Etgar Keret

Reviewed by Alan Vaarwerk

Israeli writer Etgar Keret is widely regarded as one of the leading figures in contemporary flash fiction. In The Seven Good Years, the author of The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God and Suddenly, A K

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The Long Utopia by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

When I was a kid visiting Adventure Playgrounds, I always entered thinking, ‘This place is built for me and in it I can be anything, and anything can happen.’ Reading Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxt…

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Blackout by Sarah Hepola

Reviewed by David Little

Sarah Hepola’s debut book is a coming-of-age memoir that explores her relationship with booze as if the liquid were a troubled and confusing, on-again off-again partner. Through her rendering of drun…

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Walking Away by Simon Armitage

Reviewed by Isobel Moore

The first time I heard a poem by Simon Armitage, I was in our shared homeland, Yorkshire. I was in a year ten English class and I very clearly remember the moment, because prior to that moment, I had…

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China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

Reviewed by Alexandra Mathew

‘Her entire existence revolved around the acquisition and preservation of fortune,’ writes Kevin Kwan in his latest novel China Rich Girlfriend. Such a statement sums up most characters in this book,…

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Peripheral Vision by Paddy O'Reilly

Reviewed by Annie Condon

A book of short stories is usually named after one of the stories, one that seems to sum up the overall feeling of the collection. This story then becomes the ‘title story’. When I realised that Padd…

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The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera

Reviewed by Lucy Van

Milan Kundera’s last novel, Ignorance, was published in 2000. Over a decade later, it’s no stretch to call The Festival of Insignificance one of the world’s most anticipated novels from one of the gr…

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Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Pip lives in a world filled with magical creatures and she has a special skill that no-one else has – she can speak to them. Her talent can also get her into big trouble, such as the unfortunate (but…

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Universal Themes by Sun Kil Moon

Reviewed by Declan Murphy

2014 was quite the year for former Red House Painter Mark Kozelek. After quietly releasing the subdued masterpiece Benji in March, he later became involved in a very public spat and somewhat spiteful…

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