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The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall

Kate Mildenhall’s debut novel, Skylarking, found many fans at Readings. With her second novel, The Mother Fault, Mildenhall is sure to cement herself as a reader favourite. While the two novels are v…

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Broken Rules and Other Stories by Barry Lee Thompson

The short-story collection from a single author is something I have grown to appreciate, especially in the last ten years or so. Australian writers have definitely made their mark in this area, rangi…

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The Burning Island by Jock Serong

You may have read Jock Serong’s gripping 2018 novel, Preservation, based on real events surrounding a shipwreck’s survivors and their doomed walk along the south east coast of Australia to Sydney in …

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The Tolstoy Estate by Steven Conte

It’s 1941, in the depths of the Russian winter, and the beginning of the end of the German advance on Russia. A German medical unit stumbles through the gates of Yasnaya Polyana, Tolstoy’s country es…

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The Morbids by Ewa Ramsey

About a month or so ago, our head book buyer Alison Huber flagged this book with me, saying that it was something I might like. Oh yeah, I thought at the time, this sounds interesting, I’ll give it a

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How To Write the Soundtrack To Your Life by Fiona Hardy

Fiona Hardy you have done it again! The dreaded second novel that often stalls writing careers is nowhere to be seen here. A deft and very capable writer’s hand has gifted young readers with a myster…

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The Heart of the Bubble by Trace Balla

Beloved graphic novelist for children, Trace Balla, has created a heartfelt comic about all the good things that can happen as a result of coronavirus. A family readjusts to being at home together al…

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The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

Last year, when I heard that a new Elena Ferrante novel was imminent, I experienced palpable waves of excitement through my body. That’s the kind of writer Ferrante is – she inspires feverish devotio…

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The Wolves of Greycoat Hall by Lucinda Gifford

When the Scottish Conservation Society announces plans to reintroduce wolves into the wild, the Greycoat family of Morovia is soon boarding the Trans-Bohemia Express for the land of shortbread and lo…

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Dreams They Forgot by Emma Ashmere

Emma Ashmere’s debut collection contains stories that have been published and won awards over the last twenty years. Generally, an author’s work improves with time, but all twenty-three stories in Dr

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