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This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial by Helen Garner

Reviewed by Belle Place

It’s difficult to loudly sing the praises of a book that covers such a harrowing subject. I had anticipated the release of Helen Garner’s new non-fiction since early in the year, though the title of …

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Reviewed by Ingrid Josephine

Haruki Murakami’s new novel is unlike most of his previous works, which are strongly based in the metaphysical – strange events intersecting the everyday life of very ordinary characters are the norm…

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Use Your Imagination by Nicola O'Byrne

Reviewed by Emily Gale

I love the mixture of fairy-tale peril and playful humour in Use Your Imagination. Rabbit falls into the familiar trap of not being careful what he wishes for during a moment of boredom, and soon it …

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Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson

Reviewed by Emily Gale

Mrs Poodle adores her four children. Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La are dainty creatures no bigger than teacups. Gaston, however, is tea-pot sized. With his different build and rough voice, Gaston puts in…

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Angus & Julia Stone

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

One of the best and most successful Australian acts of the past decade, brother–sister duo Angus and Julia Stone, return with their first album in over four years. Following their phenomenally succes…

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Impro: Ferran Savall

Reviewed by Alexandra Mathew

Ferran Savall is the son of early music aristocracy: his mother, the late Montserrat Figueras (1942-2011), was among the finest recent interpreters of baroque vocal music; and his father, viola da ga…

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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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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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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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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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