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An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

Krissy Kneen is, to me, a literary unicorn. She’s bizarre, but remarkable. This book consumed me, and toyed with most of my emotions. Arousal and disgust met with joy and existential, almost tear-ind…

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The Restorer by Michael Sala

Reviewed by Oliver Driscoll

The Restorer is often surprisingly beautiful, at times lulling us into quiet coastal domesticity or the coming-of-age story of Freya, the daughter of the family the novel is centred around. With exha…

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The Crying Place by Lia Hills

Reviewed by Annie Condon

Lia Hills has made some brave decisions in her novel, The Crying Place. First, she has chosen to write using a male voice. Second, she has also set much of the novel in an Indigenous community near A…

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The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Reviewed by Stella Charls

When Sharon Kisses and Mel Vaught meet in college they bond instantly. Sharon is straight-laced and introspective; Mel manic and the life of any party. Both are from the rural south, East Kentucky an…

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The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

The Possessions is a novel that dips its toes into a number of genres with ease. Within its pages you’ll find supernatural spirit channelling brought on by advanced medicine, an illicit, obsessive ro…

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You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Alexandra Kleeman’s haunting debut novel is reminiscent of the works of authors such as Douglas Coupland, Don DeLillo and David Foster Wallace – though with a decidedly feminist viewpoint. A scathing…

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The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Reviewed by Amy Vuleta

The Refugees, by Viet Thanh Nguyen – author of Pulitzer Prize winning The Sympathizer (2015) and the National Book Award for Nonfiction nominated Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (201…

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Diamond Jack by Mark Greenwood

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

History ‘hunter and gatherer’ Mark Greenwood launches his History Mysteries series with a wartime story about a real bloke called Jack Palmer (aka Diamond Jack) and his glittering plunder. This rolli…

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The Antiques by Kris D'Agostino

Reviewed by Amanda Rayner

Antiques store owner George Westfall is dying. He knows it, his wife Ana knows it and so do his three children: Charlie in LA, Josef in New York City and Armie in his parents’ basement. As George pas…

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Inspector Montalbano: Volume 7

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

Luca Zingaretti returns as the grumpy and fantastic Inspector Salvo Montalbano for a final season in sun-drenched Sicily. Volume 7 comprises two films, and Volume 8 will follow with two more this yea…

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