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Animal by Lisa Taddeo

Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women caused a sensation when it was released in 2019 and became something of an instant classic. Her exhaustive research project gave readers access to the intimate details of he…

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Fault Lines by Emily Itami

Mizuki is a square peg in a round hole. Despite her efforts to break the mould, she finds herself cast as a Japanese housewife and mother of two. She loves her kids, but needs more from life than cra…

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We Were Not Men by Campbell Mattinson

Campbell Mattinson’s first novel is likely to make a Boy Swallows Universe- sized splash in the Australian literary scene. Mattinson’s publisher has defied anyone to read the first 22 pages and then …

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Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Having just diagnosed himself with every illness in his medical textbook, and feeling generally run down by the grind of the city, the narrator of Three Men in a Boat convinces his friends, George an…

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The Republic of False Truths by Alaa Al Aswany

Due to his outspoken criticism of various Egyptian regimes, novelist Alaa Al Aswany has been forced to leave his country. Exile has not silenced him though. In his new book, The Republic of False Tru

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Echolalia by Briohny Doyle

While Briohny Doyle’s second novel Echolalia is less overtly end-of-days than her first (The Island Will Sink), it still carries a sense of desolation that speaks to Doyle’s preoccupations with domes…

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One Hundred Days by Alice Pung

High up in the housing commission tower, headstrong 16-year-old Karuna lives alone with her mother. Karuna feels suffocated by her mother’s strict rules and overbearing protectiveness – ‘a girl who m…

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The Other Half of You by Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Michael Mohammed Ahmad is a force. His appearance on the ABC’s Q&A in 2018 is burnt into my brain. Never before had I witnessed such a scorching critique of racism in Australia on TV. While host Tony…

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Secrets of Happiness by Joan Silber

Admit it. You’re a little bit curious. If a book, fiction or otherwise, offers you the secrets of happiness you’d want to know what it’s selling. Equipped with such a tantalising title and fond respe…

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The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

It’s no secret that publishing has a diversity problem. The conversation around how this majority-White industry can meaningfully diversify its workforce is long overdue. The issue is finally getting…

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