Marie Matteson

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Review — 2 Nov 2022

The Song of the Cell by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee returns with The Song of the Cell, his third work on the exploration of medicine and the human body. As Mukherjee states…

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Review — 23 Feb 2015

My Place by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins

My Place’s importance in introducing Australian history to children has already been firmly established in the 27 years since its publication during the bicentenary, including its adaptation for television and…

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Review — 2 Feb 2021

The Speechwriter by Martin McKenzie-Murray

It is a funny old time to be writing political satire. I mean, satire is everyday reality in our year 2021. And so, when a political satire comes along, I…

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Review — 1 Oct 2020

Only Happiness Here by Gabrielle Carey

‘I think I’ve so got into the habit of being happy inside and quite secretly …’ So wrote Elizabeth von Armin in her diary, in the year before her death…

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Review — 26 Mar 2018

Disoriental by Négar Djavadi

You can and will be tempted to read Disoriental in one very long sitting, well, at least Side A. Yes, Disoriental keeps you off balance from the first page of…

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Review — 22 Oct 2017

Winter by Ali Smith

For around 20 years, Ali Smith has had a quartet of novels, named simply after the seasons, in the back of her head. Winter is the second of these novels…

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Review — 2 Aug 2020

No Presents Please by Jayant Kaikini

Mumbai is the central, beloved character of Jayant Kaikini’s story collection, yet plenty of space remains to fall in love with the protagonists of each story. In No Presents Please

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Review — 8 Jun 2020

The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott

‘A farmer lived, but not well.’ The opening line of Robbie Arnott’s second novel, The Rain Heron, grabs you by the throat. The rest of the novel never lets…

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Review — 27 Jan 2020

The Lost Pianos of Siberia by Sophy Roberts

‘Instead of tigers, I would track pianos,’ Sophy Roberts declares while sharing a meal with a Siberian tiger researcher in the Far East of Russia. This was the moment when…

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Review — 27 Mar 2017

Rubik by Elizabeth Tan

Rubik is a novel in stories that embraces science fiction, speculative fiction, satire and fantasy. In an ever-expanding array of viewpoints, Rubik slots into place like a Rubik’s cube as…

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