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Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Reviewed by Ed Moreno

Heads up, reader: rave review (and a surfeit of superlatives) ahead. It’s unavoidable. As a debut novel, Here Comes the Sun is staggeringly spectacular, and marks the beginning of what will surely be…

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The Changeover by Margaret Mahy

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Laura Chant feels a warning before her little brother Jacko begins to weaken at the hands of a terrible demon. She knows she’ll need the help of that strange boy Sorenson Carlisle and his family if s…

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October by China Miéville

Reviewed by Eleanor Jenkins

What’s the difference between a Bolshevik and a Menshevik? And why, 100 years on from the Russian Revolution, should any of us care? If you’re wondering, then China Miéville has written this book for…

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Draw Your Weapons by Sarah Sentilles

Reviewed by Michael Skinner

In Draw Your Weapons, Sarah Sentilles weaves together politics, memoir and history to create a meditation on the relationship between war, art and critical theory. The fractured narrative recalls the…

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Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Meet the Amazing Telemachus Family, famous for appearing across the land in the mid-seventies. Their live TV appearances featured charming, fast-talking conman Teddy and his wife Maureen, a genuine a…

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Marsh and Me by Martine Murray

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Joey M. Green is a boy with ‘sensitivities’, who rarely has the right words at the right time. He’s a deep thinker, part of a loving family; he wonders about his place in the world. He plays his guit…

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The Mighty Franks by Michael Frank

Reviewed by Jo Case

I gobbled up this deliciously dark, profoundly poignant memoir in two half-days. The Mighty Franks is Hollywood gothic, complete with distorted families, claustrophobic passions, silver-screen glamou…

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The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

Betty and Burt are a perfectly ordinary couple, leading a quiet life, until a tiny angel magically appears in Burt’s pocket. The angel’s existence brings unimaginable joy. And when Betty takes him to…

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Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

Reviewed by Jo Case

Maile Meloy is one of my favourite writers. Her short stories are regularly published in The New Yorker (and were recently adapted for the film Certain Women, with Laura Dern, Michelle Williams and K…

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The Answers by Catherine Lacey

Reviewed by Stella Charls

With The Answers, Catherine Lacey asserts herself as one of contemporary fiction’s freshest young voices; her work captures the anxiety of uncertainty and the challenges of living in a female body wi…

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