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Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko

Reviewed by George Delaney

Melissa Lucashenko’s last novel, Mullumbimby, opened me up to a conversation about feminism, culture and land rights that has stayed with me for years, so I was excited to read her new book. Too Much

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Maya & Cat by Caroline Magerl

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

In exquisite poetic language, author and illustrator Caroline Magerl tells the story of a girl who finds a shivering wet stray cat on the roof, befriends it with sardines and then kindly tries to fin…

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Radiant Shimmering Light by Sarah Selecky

Reviewed by Amanda Rayner

Eleven Novak’s name is her brand; a teacher of enlightenment and spirituality with a powerful online presence. Eleven is beautiful, inspirational and successful and each year takes a group of followe…

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Debussy: Songs Volume 4

Reviewed by Alexandra Mathew

Lucy Crowe, it would seem, is the soprano of the hour. I admit, I am biased in her favour after witnessing her glorious 2017 performance in the title role of Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen with the B…

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Inappropriation by Lexi Freiman

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

Ziggy Klein is fifteen years old, and has just left her comfortable, Jewish high school for the chaos of the uber prestigious Kandara Girls School, where Sydney’s elite send their teenagers. Surround…

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The Rapids by Sam Twyford-Moore

Reviewed by Kelsey Oldham

Sam Twyford-Moore’s The Rapids examines mania and bipolar disorder in art and popular culture. A series of interlinked essays peppered with references to film, literature, music and television, the b…

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Loose Units by Paul F. Verhoeven

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Decades after a youthful Paul Verhoeven inadvertently sees a crime scene photo that he’s never been able to shake, he sits down with his ex-cop father John to find out why. Why he couldn’t shake it, …

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No Country Woman by Zoya Patel

Reviewed by Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

Zoya Patel was born in Fiji to Indian parents, and came to Australia at three years old. In her thoughtful debut essay collection, she grapples with the idea of identity, and the often confusing expe…

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Happy Never After by Jill Stark

Reviewed by Tom Davies

Five years after publishing High Sobriety, Jill Stark returns with Happy Never After, somewhere between a follow-up memoir and investigative journalism.

Where High Sobriety explored Stark’s and the …

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Orchid & the Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes

Reviewed by Elke Power

Orchid & the Wasp opens outrageously and does not miss a beat from there: ‘It is our right to be virgins as often as we like, Gael told the girls … Gael was eleven. It was her last term in primary sc…

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