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Dragon Skin by Karen Foxlee

In the outback you can see the age of every rock and tree. The ghosts of long-dried rivers reach back through time, and their annual rebirth during the wet seasons produces miracles. It’s a place whe…

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Whole Notes: Life Lessons Through Music by Ed Ayres

Writer, musician, teacher and broadcaster Ed Ayres had the idea for his fourth book, Whole Notes: Life Lessons Through Music, long before the pandemic. Yet you’d be hard-pressed to find a book more f…

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The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

Benny Oh has lost his father in a terrible accident. Shortly afterwards, something peculiar happens to the grief-stricken teenage boy: he starts to hear objects speaking. Snow globes, scissors, windo…

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Matrix by Lauren Groff

Scour the formal historical record and you won’t find much about the woman known as Marie de France beyond information that she lived in the 12th century and wrote a series of Breton lais, or short r…

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Homage to Bach: The Solo Violin Sonatas by Brodsky Quartet & Paul Cassidy

Some people just like making life difficult for themselves. Paul Cassidy, the violist of the Brodsky Quartet must be one of those people. He’s taken three solo violin sonatas by Bach and, using just …

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The Luminous Solution: Creativity, Resilience and the Inner Life by Charlotte Wood

In the preface of The Luminous Solution, Charlotte Wood muses upon the bookshelf positioned directly behind her writing chair. Wood is unsentimental about keeping the vast majority of books she reads…

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Signs and Wonders: Dispatches from a Time of Beauty and Loss by Delia Falconer

Every now and then, I am completely delighted when a book comes along that seems to be an extension – an elegant and well- crafted extension – of my own thoughts. Delia Falconer’s Signs and Wonders h…

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The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

It’s 1954 and Emmett has just returned home from a stint in a juvenile prison. The bank is foreclosing on the family’s Nebraskan farm after his father’s death, and Emmett plans to pack up his little …

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Bewilderment by Richard Powers

Theo Byrne, a rising star in the field of astrobiology, has lost his wife, leaving him the sole parent to nine-year-old Robin. Robin is both a fascinating and a troubled boy. His love and appreciatio…

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I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness by Claire Vaye Watkins

‘I’ve tried to tell this story a bunch of times. This will be my last try…’ So begins Claire Vaye Watkins’ crackling original novel I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness. Its narrator is a woman called…

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