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A Short History of Richard Kline by Amanda Lohrey

Reviewed by Sally Keighery

Plagued by a niggling sense of lack since childhood, Richard Kline approaches middle age struggling to suppress his growing anger. While marriage, fatherhood and career provide glimpses of happiness,…

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The Ash Burner by Kári Gíslason

Reviewed by Chris Somerville

The Ash Burner is Kári Gíslason’s first novel. Midway through the book, a character, on the eve of his departure from his hometown, insists that his best friend Ted write him letters. ‘He thought you…

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If She Did It by Jessica Treadway

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Hanna and Joe Schutt are unsure about their awkward daughter Dawn’s first love, the handsome yet unnerving Rud, but are pleased to see their daughter happy – until the night they are viciously beaten…

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Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe by Karina Gauvin & Philippe Jaroussky

Reviewed by Alexandra Mathew

Just another Baroque opera? Agostino Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe, based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, offers a complex plot involving gods, mortals, jealousy, and revenge. Niobe, Queen of Thebes, dec…

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Dancing in the Dark by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Reviewed by Gerard Elson

Cards on the table: at time of writing I haven’t yet finished this, the fourth volume in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s ‘autobiographical novel’ cycle. In his almost punishingly expansive style previous volum…

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Hello, Beautiful! by Hannie Rayson

Reviewed by Emily Harms

Hannie Rayson is one of Australia’s most renowned and revered playwrights for stage and TV. Inheritance, Hotel Sorrento and Life after George all capture the quintessential contemporary Australian vo…

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Anchor Point by Alice Robinson

Reviewed by Annie Condon

Anchor Point is a promising debut novel because of the quality of its young author’s writing. Alice Robinson is a local creative writing teacher, and her writing is lyrical and seamless. The story is…

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A Man Made Entirely of Bats by Patrick Lenton

Reviewed by Alan Vaarwerk

The debut collection by writer, playwright and possible mad scientist Patrick Lenton pulls apart icons of 21st-century pop culture and reassembles them in an ungodly mixture of satire, fan fiction, n…

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Down To The River by S.J. Finn

Reviewed by Kara Nicholson

Small, independent publishers exist to push boundaries and bring to light books that mainstream companies might consider too risky to publish. Down To the River is the second novel by S.J. Finn from …

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One of Us by Asne Seierstad

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

This is an horrific and tragic book; it is an account of one the most devastating mass shootings in recent history. In July, 2011, Anders Breivik detonated a home made bomb in front of the Norwegian …

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