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The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Claus Moreany’s publishing house is on the verge of going under when his distractingly beautiful employee Betty discovers unknown author Henry Hayden’s manuscript in a pile. Frank Ellis becomes a run…

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Melbourne’s Women Of Soul

Reviewed by Declan Murphy

To celebrate what will be the fifth anniversary of their annual concerts this year, the Melbourne Women of Soul collective have put together a fantastic album of all original tracks written exclusive…

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The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

In Sarah Halls’ fifth novel The Wolf Border, the central subject, the wolves that will begin the rewilding of Britain, are rarely seen. ‘They are fleet or lazy, moving through their own tawny colours…

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Coming Rain by Stephen Daisley

Reviewed by Sally Keighery

Set in 1956, Coming Rain delves into Australian bush mythology to examine romantic notions of mateship. Itinerant shearers, Painter and Lew, are a makeshift father and son team, unrelated but thrown …

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Quicksand by Steve Toltz

Reviewed by Luke May

It’s been several years since Steve Toltz published his sprawling debut, A Fraction of the Whole, and readers awaiting another dosage of fierce iconoclasm and dark-peppered wit will not be disappoint…

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The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine by Krissy Kneen

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

Krissy Kneen, at the beginning of her book, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, has us watching Brisbane rich girl, Holly, concealed in darkness, spying on two strangers hoo…

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The Wonder Lover by Malcolm Knox

Reviewed by Lucy Van

Malcolm Knox is a respected literary editor and journalist, known to many for his Walkley Award winning exposé of the fraudulent literary memoir of Norma Khouri. In addition to his achievements in no…

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Lion Attack! by Oliver Mol

Reviewed by Stella Charls

Oliver Mol deals in honesty and optimism. His memoir, Lion Attack!, the inaugural co-winner of the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, carries the subtitle ‘I’m trying to be honest and I want …

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Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

Last night I went to I Gradi for pizza with my son. It was an easy decision for Joe and me to make and we enjoyed the pizzas very much. You, possibly, think I should have written ‘Joe and I’. Well, t…

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Stuff Happens: Jack by Tony WIlson

Reviewed by Isobel Moore

I will be honest – I did not expect to enjoy Jack as much as I did! Books about (and aimed at) primary-school boys with lots of sporting activities and playground roughhousing are not generally my cu…

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