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Black Teeth by Zane Lovitt

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

If you are a local who decides to rush out and buy Black Teeth just after you read this review, you’ll find yourself with the ultimate literary luxury: reading a book in July in Melbourne set in a Me…

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Petunia Paris’s Parrot by Katie Haworth & Jo Williamson

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Petunia Paris lives a life of luxury and wants for very little, so her parents are challenged for gifts when her fifth birthday approaches; what to give their darling, indulged treasure? A talking pa…

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The Girls by Emma Cline

Reviewed by Alison Huber

There’s no other way for me to say it: I love this book. It’s a debut from a young writer called Emma Cline who I feel is a literary star of the future – actually, scrap that – of the present. This b…

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Miss Jane by Brad Watson

Reviewed by Alison Huber

Miss Jane Chisolm is born on a farm in Mississippi in the early part of the last century. Before too long it becomes apparent that she has a genital birth defect that she will need to live with, one …

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The Curiositree: Natural World: A Visual Compendium Of Wonders From Nature by Amanda Wood, Mike Jolley & Owen Davey

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

The Curiositree is a wonderful introduction to the natural world – an informative and visually compelling look at how plants and animals adapt and survive in their natural environment and the interco…

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Music and Freedom by Zoë Morrison

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

‘Perhaps’, says Alice as the narrator in the opening pages, ‘I could blame Romantic music for what happened. It is, she says, the triumph of fantasy over reality.’ Music and Freedom, however, is not …

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The Bolds to the Rescue by Julian Clary & David Roberts

Reviewed by Andrew Borg

Our favourite, outrageous, animal family from Fairfield Road have returned in this Julian Clary sequel! The Bolds to the Rescue reunites readers with the hilarious hyena family of four, along with in…

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Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

Shakespeare’s comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, is one of the more problematic stories for a modern reader, so I was interested to see how Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anne Tyler addressed the deep…

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Treading Air by Ariella Van Luyn

Reviewed by Suzanne Steinbruckner

I really fell for Lizzy O’Dea in Ariella Van Luyn’s historical fiction, Treading Air. We meet Lizzie in Brisbane’s lock hospital in 1945. She’s just been given a lighter sentence and learned from the…

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The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

Reviewed by Ed Moreno

This opulent operatic opus is an over-the-top-of-the-top rags-to-riches postmodern picaresque adventure stuffed full of plot, more plot, plot twists, melodrama, and lots of costume changes. It’s a hi…

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