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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Here, Meg Wolitzer has given us a delicious, utterly absorbing novel of epic scope, concerning six characters who meet as teenagers in 1974 at an exclusive summer arts camp. They ironically refer to …

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Lygon Street - Si Parla Italiano

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

Surely everyone loves Italy and the Italians; the country has given us pasta, pizza, coffee, and, of course, Lygon Street in Melbourne. Lygon Street – Si Parla Italiano is a delightful homage to the …

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Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole

Reviewed by Chris Somerville

First published in 2007, Teju Cole’s novella is now available for the first time outside of Nigeria. It’s difficult to view this work without considering his brilliant debut novel, Open City, which d…

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Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes

Reviewed by Alan Vaarwerk

It’s a setup as bold as it is absurd: Adolf Hitler wakes up inexplicably in 2011 Berlin. Things have changed – there’s no Nazi party, no bombings; the modern Germany is liberal, multicultural and run…

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N by John A. Scott

Reviewed by Belle Place

John A. Scott’s long-awaited novel, his first in over a decade, is set in an imagined, though frighteningly familiar, Australia. It is the early 1940s and Melbourne is a fractious city. A corrupt rig…

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Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Reviewed by Sharon Peterson

In 2011, Emma Donoghue is reported to have said her next novel would be based on the ‘true story of a murdered nineteenth-century cross-dressing frog catcher’. While this is exactly what Donoghue del…

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Tree Palace by Craig Sherborne

Reviewed by Sally Keighery

Young matriarch Moira, her partner Shane, his half-brother Midge and Moira’s children, Zara and Rory, each from different fathers, are ‘trants … the last of their kind’; itinerants squatting in deser…

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The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry

Reviewed by Luke May

Those familiar with Sebastian Barry will be aware of his fascination for family stories interwoven with Irish history, and that the cast of characters in his previous work frequently return to breath…

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The Quick by Lauren Owen

Reviewed by Kate Goldsworthy

Glowing endorsements from Hilary Mantel and Kate Atkinson promise much, and The Quick certainly delivers. But what is this novel, the engaging debut of a 29-year-old Brit, actually about? I’m afraid …

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The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Nicki Clements is driving her son’s sports uniform to school when a police blockade puts a dent in her travels. It’s at the barricade that she sees him: the police officer who knows a piece of her se…

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