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 Read reviewWhite Tears, Brown Scars

White Tears, Brown Scars

Ruby Hamad

White Tears/Brown Scars blows open the inconvenient truth that when it comes to race, white entitlement is too often masked by victimhood.

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Stop Being Reasonable

Stop Being Reasonable

Eleanor Gordon-Smith

Inspiring, perceptive and full of moving stories, Stop Being Reasonable is an illuminating exploration of the place where philosophy and real life meet.

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Megan Phelps-Roper

The metamorphic journey of Megan Phelps-Roper: a young woman raised in a religious hate group, who has become an advocate for equality, diversity and tolerance.

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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Jia Tolentino

Following in the footsteps of American luminaries such as Susan Sontag, Joan Didion and Rebecca Solnit, comes this dazzling collection of essays on the internet, the self, feminism and politics from one of the brightest young...

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 Read reviewDamascus

Damascus

Christos Tsiolkas

In Damascus, Tsiolkas has written a masterpiece of imagination and transformation: an historical novel of immense power and an unflinching dissection of doubt and faith, tyranny and revolution, and cruelty and...

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The Glad Shout

Alice Robinson

The Glad Shout is an extraordinary novel of rare depth and texture, by the acclaimed writer of Anchor Point, Alice Robinson. After a catastrophic storm destroys Melbourne, Isobel flees to higher ground with her husband and young...

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The Little Virtues

The Little Virtues

Natalia Ginzburg, Dick Davis

An extraordinary collection of 11 essays by Natalia Ginzburg, one of the most important Italian writers of the twentienth century. Originally published in the 1960s, Ginzburg's wisdom and poetically resonant style ensure these...

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Ducks, Newburyport

Ducks, Newburyport

Lucy Ellmann

An utterly original novel, longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize in which one woman navigates, through compelling inner monologue, the tension and disquiet of contemporary America.

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Axiomatic

Maria Tumarkin

Janet Malcolm meets The Empathy Exams, in a genre-bending work on how we understand the traumas we inherit.

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We Refugees

We Refugees

Emma Larking

They are our neighbours, ancestors, friends; not a tide or a crisis but a test of our imagination. The stories, essays and poetry in this beautiful anthology bridge cultural divides to offer hope and healing. A fundraiser for the...

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The Search for the Silver Witch: Polly and Buster (Book 3)

The Search for the Silver Witch: Polly and Buster (Book 3)

Sally Rippin

A magical tale of friendship, adventure and having the courage to do what's right, The Search for the Silver Witch is the bewitching finale to the much-loved Polly and Buster trilogy, written and illustrated by award-winning...

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