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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

A disclaimer before I begin – I read this book very quickly, and these are my first impressions. And there are minor spoilers below, so if you’d prefer to be a blank slate for this book, read no furt…

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Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

Toby Fleishman is going through a divorce, and is feeling quite sorry for himself. Toby is a highly regarded hepatologist working in a prestigious New York hospital. He has two children, Solly and Ha…

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Reviewed by Nicholas Wilson

Artemis Fowl, a child prodigy whose intelligence is matched only by his gift for nefarious schemes, begins his escapades through the techno-fantasy world of the fairies with the simple goal of steali…

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How to Make a Movie in 12 Days by Fiona Hardy

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Hayley Whelan loves everything about movies; she has spent her whole life dreaming of writing and directing her own. When her Grandma, with whom she’d been writing her horror movie, Rosebud, passes a…

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The Breeding Season by Amanda Niehaus

Reviewed by Annie Condon

Debut novelist Amanda Niehaus is both a scientist and a writer, and she brings these passions to The Breeding Season. Elise and Dan, a couple in their thirties, experience a late-term pregnancy loss …

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Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

Say Nothing, Patrick Radden Keefe’s examination of the Troubles in Northern Ireland from the late 1960s to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, won the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Writing. Keefe, a…

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The Magic Place by Chris Wormell

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Chris Wormell’s The Magic Place is a perfectly imagined tale of woe to wonder. It’s a story about the triumph of the human spirit.

We meet Clementine, a little orphan girl living with her wicked Aun…

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White Tears/Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad

Reviewed by Kara Nicholson

In 2018, journalist Ruby Hamad wrote an article for The Guardian Australia titled ‘How white women use strategic tears to silence women of colour’. It received worldwide praise and condemnation. An A…

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Fire Girl, Forest Boy by Chloe Daykin

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Chloe Daykin, the critically acclaimed author of The Boy Who Hit Play and Fish Boy, is at it again with her latest wonder, Fire Girl, Forest Boy. A book that brings magic and science together in the …

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Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta

Reviewed by Elke Power

Tyson Yunkaporta’s Sand Talk is an extraordinary reading experience. It’s both philosophical and practical, and underpinned by a compassionate yet realistic humanity. At the core of Sand Talk is a de…

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