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The Boy Behind the Curtain by Tim Winton

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

Helen Garner’s Everywhere I Look, a collection of personal essays and diary notes, delighted readers and it went on to become one of our bestsellers. I’ve got a feeling that Tim Winton’s collection, …

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We Are Not Such Things by Justine Van der Leun

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

In the final days of apartheid a young American student, Amy Biehl, was murdered by a black mob in one of Cape Town’s townships. Three young men were convicted of her murder but the case was a strang…

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Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

There’s already quite a bit of buzz about Krystal Sutherland’s debut novel, with comparisons being drawn to John Green and Rainbow Rowell and a movie already in the works. It’s a big vote of confiden…

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Molly and Mae by Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

The vicissitudes of friendship are perfectly portrayed in Molly & Mae: the fun, frivolity and sometimes the discord. As the two girls embark on a long train journey from the country to the city, thei…

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The Nix by Nathan Hill

Reviewed by Chris Somerville

While Nathan Hill’s debut novel The Nix is certainly ambitious, given that it contains the Chicago riots of 1968, the invasion of Iraq, the recent Occupy Wall Street movement, as well as online gamin…

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The Otherlife by Julia Gray

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Julia Gray’s The Otherlife is an extraordinary read that defies expectations. Norse mythological themes are at work here but this is not a mythic adventure story in thetradition of Rick Riordan’s Per

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Lots by Marc Martin

Reviewed by Isobel Moore

Even the end pages are perfection in Martin’s latest offering Lots, an exploration of prevalent people, creatures and things in various places around the world, depicted in vibrant illustrations. The…

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We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Jon Klassen is back with another hat book!

This time two turtles find a hat. And the hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles and only one hat. Both turtles agree that it’s only fai…

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Home in the Rain by Bob Graham

Reviewed by Kathy Kozlowski

One of the many reasons I love Bob Graham’s books is that, for all their simplicity, his observations of the natural world and family life are always profound and loving, and children, ‘reading’ the …

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The Trespasser by Tana French

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

The wonderful thing about Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series is that they’re all excellent, but all very different at the same time. Each book has enough familiarity to allow you to slip effort…

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