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Divine Karina by Karina Gauvin

Reviewed by Alexandra Mathew

‘Precision’ was the word that sprang to mind on first hearing soprano Karina Gauvin in her compilation Divine Karina. In the opening ‘Strike the viol’, Gauvin’s consonants–particularly the plosives–a…

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Youth by Paolo Sorrentino

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

In Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, Michael Caine plays Fred Ballinger, a retired composer holidaying at a mountain resort in the Swiss Alps. He is joined by his daughter, Lena (the inimitable Rachel Weisz)…

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The Lonely City by Olivia Laing

Reviewed by Stella Charls

Olivia Laing’s new book, The Lonely City, explores the connection between loneliness and creativity. Like her previous works, To the River and The Trip to Echo Spring, The Lonely City eludes neat cat…

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The Pain, My Mother, Sir Tiffy, Cyber Boy & Me by Michael Gerard Bauer

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

Any book that announces itself with, ‘It all started with The Pain’ has me from the very first paragraph, especially when it’s obvious The Pain is no mere physical discomfort but a deeper agony in th…

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Mr Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

He’s back, but if you haven’t met him before that doesn’t matter one bit because threaded through the first chapters are the bare bones of that wonderful first adventure, Escape From Mr Lemoncello’s

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Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Serafina is the strange, courageous heroine of this dark and mysterious fantasy novel. She knows very little about how she came to live in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate (a real historic…

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Avalanche by Julie Leigh

Reviewed by Annie Condon

Julia Leigh is a fiction writer known for her brilliant, spare prose and eye for detail. Avalanche is a memoir documenting her experience of trying to become pregnant through IVF. Leigh’s opening sen…

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Pax by Sara Pennypacker & Jon Klassen

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Pax is a timeless, moving story of the unbreakable bond of friendship between an animal and a child in the tradition of Lassie Come Home. It is also a beautiful hardcover book with stunning illustrat…

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1000 Years Of Classical Music

Reviewed by Kate Rockstrom

ABC Classics has been producing high-quality recordings of all the Australian orchestras, chamber groups, choirs and soloists for years. This means they have an extensive library of music that is not…

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden

Reviewed by Isobel Moore

Denizen Hardwick lives in a bleak orphanage on the Irish coast until a mysterious man appears and takes him to his long-lost aunt. His dull life suddenly becomes fantastical when they are attacked by…

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