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The Returns by Philip Salom

Reviewed by Tom Davies

Bookselling day in and day out is not what he expected. It is more like dreaming of love and walking on the wrong side of the road.

The Returns centres on Trevor, a quiet, elderly bookseller with a …

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Inland by Téa Obreht

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Many readers will remember Téa Obreht’s impressive debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, which won the Orange Prize back in 2011. Inland is the author’s sophomore outing and Obreht once again displays a rem…

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From Here On, Monsters by Elizabeth Bryer

Reviewed by Gabrielle Williams

The craft of accurately translating another’s work, of getting inside the head of the creator and being as faithful to the original piece as possible, is where this book by debut author Elizabeth Bry…

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The Trespassers by Meg Mundell

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

The Trespassers shifts between the points of view of three migrants travelling from overcrowded, disease-ridden countries to a better future – Billie, a Scottish healthcare worker; Cleary, a young Ir…

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Dolores by Lauren Aimee Curtis

Reviewed by Chris Somerville

This very short novel from Lauren Aimee Curtis follows the titular character, Dolores, as she arrives at a remote convent of nuns. She’s sixteen years old, dehydrated, pregnant, and has a lace tablec…

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The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

Reviewed by Georgia Brough

On an isolated island, things are disappearing. Ribbon, hat, bird. One by one, they all disappear, and soon, the inhabitants of the island forget they ever existed at all. The disappearances are enfo…

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Nobber by Oisín Fagan

Reviewed by Julia Jackson

The year is 1348, and it’s a deadly one. Quite literally. As with pretty much everywhere else, the Plague (or Black Death) has ravaged the Irish landscape, decimating the population. The survivors an…

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Lapse by Sarah Thornton

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Deep in the middle of both winter and the AFL season, there are few things more readable than ex-corporate lawyer Sarah Thornton’s Lapse. When Clementine Jones leaves her old, untenable life in Sydne…

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The Pillars by Peter Polites

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

This is Peter Polites’ second novel; his first, Down the Hume, was shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award. We know, therefore, that he is an author who can tell an Australian story. Polites’ p…

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Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street by Felicita Sala

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

What a delightful and unique cookbook for kids! In an apartment block, each of the neighbours is preparing a special dish for a communal dinner. We see a beautiful illustration of each cook, includin…

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