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Gap by Rebecca Jessen

Reviewed by Lucy Van

Rebecca Jessen won the Emerging Queensland Author prize at the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards for Gap, a novel-in-verse set in inner-city Brisbane that opens with the murder of a man in the shadows …

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Arms Race: And other stories by Nic Low

Reviewed by Alec Patric

Inspiration for Arms Race, the debut book of stories by Nic Low, might have come from Nam Le’s much-lauded collection The Boat. Low similarly sets off over international waters and we’re a good way t…

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

The Giver is a brilliant example of dystopian literature, written in 1993, long before the glut in this genre. It was unusual at the time and banned from some schools and libraries, but also won the …

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Deeper Water by Jessie Cole

Reviewed by Amy Vuleta

There’s always going to be something comfortingly familiar for me in an Australian novel about growing up in an isolated place. What rang most true in Jessie Cole’s Deeper Water was the immense yearn…

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Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

This incredibly beautiful and unusual picture book debut tells the journey of a resourceful mouse who must escape Hamburg to reach America the only way he knows how – by building his own aeroplane an…

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Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing The Songs of Big Bill Broonzy

Reviewed by Paul Barr

American bluesman Big Bill Broonzy may not be revered as much as Robert Johnson but his influence remains. His 300-plus songs and acoustic guitar style influenced the likes of Muddy Waters and a whol…

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One Minute’s Silence by David Metzenthen & Michael Camilleri

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

The clever juxtaposition of placing contemporary young adults in a depiction of Australian troops landing at Gallipoli makes this moving book even more powerful. Sitting through a minute’s silence on…

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Reviewed by Kushla Egan

We Were Liars is many things. It is an unflinching glimpse into a family fueled by their own self-destruction. It is King Lear and his three daughters. It is a pair of star-crossed lovers. Mostly, it…

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Here Come the Dogs by Omar Musa

Reviewed by Chris Dite

Omar Musa’s new verse novel swaggers charmingly onto the scene. It follows a group of crude, sometimes violent and partially talented young guys as they take drugs, get tattoos, pick up girls and wor…

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Over the Water by William Lane

Reviewed by Sally Keighery

An unexpected sense of menace and melancholy pervades this debut novel about cultural difference and identity, set in Indonesia’s third-largest city. Following in the footsteps of his enigmatic older…

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