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Books that made us want to be better people in 2019

Our staff share the books that made them want to be better people this year.

“Christos Tsiolkas said in his launch speech that he started writing Damascus because he wanted to understand his mother’s relationship to St Paul, and through that bond increase his understanding of his own mother. What he found as he travelled back in time and imagin…

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Books that kept us on the edge of our seat in 2019

Our staff share the books that kept them on the edge of their seats this year.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I was late to the party on this gripping classic, but literally could not put it down. I read it in one sitting, without moving and found the tension near unbearable, in a completely delicious way. I was genuin…

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Books that made us laugh in 2019

Our staff share the books that made them laugh this year.

“I finally got around to reading We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby this year, and I’m so glad I did. This is an extremely funny book – Irby has a sort of cantankerous tone that never fails to crack me up. She’s also very good at writing about bodily fluids and what happe…

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