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Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney

Reviewed by Anaya Latter

Occasionally a slight snobbery emerges from working in a bookshop. With all the books out there, not all are equally worthy of our time. Is every book amazing? Life changing? No, but if it’s enjoyabl…

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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

If you enjoy stories that explore the nuances of big, messy, irresistible families, then this new novel from Orange Prize-winning author Ann Patchett is for you. Commonwealth is an immersive read tha…

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Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Like many readers, I’ve adored Melina Marchetta since my English teacher issued Looking for Alibrandi as a Year 11 text and we all gleefully discussed it in class since all of us actually happily rea…

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The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

It is incredibly exciting to get your hands on a book that you know within the first few pages is going to be talked about by the global YA community and beyond. The Call is just such a book.

Nessa …

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Hide by Matthew Griffin

Reviewed by Jason Austin

Matthew Griffin’s debut novel is a beautiful character study. Wendell and Frank fall in love in an era before gay liberation and they remain stuck in that time for over fifty years, unable to trust a…

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We. Are. Family. by Paul Mitchell

Reviewed by Robbie Egan

Paul Mitchell’s first novel is an exploration of Australian masculinity and the suffocating limitations we place on our boys and men. The first page is a family tree, but not a sprawling tangle that …

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The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Reviewed by Leanne Hermosilla

My favourite childhood books were The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton. It was wondrous to imagine the lives of trees being full of feelings, thoughts and relationships. I would trawl my neighbourh…

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The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

Reviewed by Amanda Rayner

I pounced on The Museum of Modern Love as soon as I heard about its subject matter: the performance artist Marina Abramovic. Written by Australian author Heather Rose, this blend of fact and fiction …

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A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston mellifluously and joyously invite us to celebrate The Book. The outcome of their collaboration is a gorgeous and sensitive exploration of how magical books are and how …

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Grant & I by Robert Forster

Reviewed by Gerard Elson

As Robert Forster tells it near the end of his affecting, up-tempo memoir, the decision to write Grant & I was not his. The morning after his death by heart attack in 2006, aged 48, the voice of Gran…

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