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Kedi

Reviewed by Amanda Rayner

‘Kedi’ is the Turkish word for cat and an ideal title for this documentary by director Ceyda Torun, which focuses on the cats of Istanbul. Thousands of cats roam the city streets; one of the strength…

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Blue Maqams by Anouar Brahem

Reviewed by Paul Barr

Blue Maqams is the thirteenth release on ECM for Tunisian oud-master/composer Anouar Brahem. Brahem has achieved great success for the label with his ability as a crossover artist, taking his audienc…

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Tracker by Alexis Wright

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

A fiercely intelligent and provocative writer, Alexis Wright is one of the most important voices in our literary landscape. Her singular books – whether a richly surreal imagining of the future (The

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Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

The regional Australian town of Colmstock is rife with desperation. Since the closing of the town’s automotive factory caused the job market to fall apart, much of the population has slumped into mis…

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The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Reviewed by Amanda Rayner

A bestseller in Japan and now internationally, The Travelling Cat Chronicles (translated by Murakami translator Philip Gabriel) takes us on the road with Nana and his owner Satoru. Taken in by Satoru…

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Border Districts by Gerald Murnane

Reviewed by Kelsey Oldham

If you’ve ever read Gerald Murnane before, you’ll have some idea of what to expect with Border Districts, his thirteenth book and, apparently, his final work of fiction. It’s esoteric, thought-provok…

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Origin by Dan Brown

Reviewed by Kirrily Ireland

I’ve just finished reading the final chapters of Origin and feel deeply satiated. It’s been four years since Inferno, four years since I last experienced the unique sense of suspense, intrigue and do…

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Atlantic Black by A.S. Patrić

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

When I finished reading Alec Patrić’s latest book, I was surprised to find myself in the same room as I was when I started reading. Surely something must have changed. I had been swept away on a jour…

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Paul Stanhope: Lux Aeterna by Sydney Chamber Choir & Paul Stanhope

Reviewed by Kate Rockstrom

Lux Aeterna is Latin for ‘eternal light’. Paul Stanhope’s works often have dense harmonic ideas, but here, there’s a constant sense of lightness – both in the musicianship of the Sydney Chamber Choir…

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Schubert: Piano Sonatas D959 & D960 by Krystian Zimerman

Reviewed by Kate Rockstrom

I think I need to be honest and say I’ve been on a bit of a Schubert bandwagon lately – though mostly his symphonic and chamber repertoire – so it was a delight to review this piano album. I started …

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