Page 2 of our reviews

Circe by Madeline Miller

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Ann Patchett calls Madeline Miller’s new novel ‘an epic spanning thousands of years that’s also a keep-you-up-all-night page turner’. Circe definitely had me reading into the early hours of the morni…

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The Fortress by S.A. Jones

Reviewed by Hilary Simmons

The Fortress has a fascinating premise. Alongside a world that appears the same as our own, there exists an all-female civilisation. Its native women are called the Vaik. They are proud, Amazonian an…

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The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

There is a saying in Hungary: You know you’re a Hungarian when you can’t say anything positive about politics. I live with a Hungarian and this statement is totally accurate. However what it doesn’t …

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Neverland by Margot McGovern

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Neverland is the unofficial name for the island of Learmonth, a place of sanctuary for troubled teens dealing with mental health issues. This is the place where Katherine is sent following a self-har…

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The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara

Reviewed by Rose Maurice

The House of Impossible Beauties charts the glitter and heartbreak of the tumultuous 1980s in New York. Inspired by the iconic documentary Paris is Burning and the real House of Xtravaganza, Joseph C…

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Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

Reviewed by Alison Huber

Given the fact of the seemingly relentless media revelations of exploitation in all sorts of industries, I can’t think of a better time to read a smart book about uneven power dynamics. Lisa Halliday…

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Little Gods by Jenny Ackland

Reviewed by Elke Power

Olive Lovelock is curious, independent, and beguiling. She is growing up between her parents’ home in a small town in the Mallee and her cousins’ farm, a (long) bike ride away. For Olive, Grade 6 is …

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A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things by Raj Patel & Jason W. Moore

Reviewed by Kara Nicholson

Don’t be fooled by the simplistic title of this book as there are profound insights into the economic, social and environmental processes of the planet to be found on almost every page. The authors h…

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Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss

Reviewed by George Delaney

This brilliant collection of short memoir from Indigenous writers highlights an enormous diversity in the life stories of Aboriginal people in Australia, from those who grew up in middle-class suburb…

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The Italian Garden edited by Cecilia Hewlett & Narelle McAuliffe

Reviewed by Margaret Snowdon

The Italian Garden is a collaborative work centred on the restoration of a traditional Italian garden at the Monash Centre at Palazzo Vaj in the heart of medieval Prato in Tuscany. Over the centuries…

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