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The Salesman

Reviewed by Stella Charls

With The Salesman, acclaimed writer-director Asghar Farhadi offers up another analytical yet deeply empathetic film about modern Iranian society under a repressive regime. Here, as with his previous …

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Please Explain by Anna Broinowski

Reviewed by Kara Nicholson

Author and filmmaker Anna Broinowski first introduced herself to Pauline Hanson as a ‘pro-refugee, pro-environment, pro-reconciliation leftie’. She had approached the notorious politician in 2009 wit…

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Splendid Harmony by L'arpa festante

Reviewed by Kate Rockstrom

The concept behind this album is very interesting. It’s not an homage to a person as such, it’s a homage to his legacy through his teaching. It features five different composers, all of whom learned …

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The City Always Wins by Omar Robert Hamilton

Reviewed by Michael Skinner

The City Always Wins captures, in form and content, the frenzied optimism and the violent, reactionary turn of the Arab Spring as it unfolded in Tahrir Square, Cairo. We witness the action through th…

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How to Fall in Love with Anyone by Mandy Len Catron

Reviewed by Hilary Simmons

A couple of years ago, an essay was published in the New York Times under the undeniably compelling headline, ‘To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This’. It outlined 36 questions supposed to spark intima…

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The Museum of Words by Georgia Blain

Reviewed by Stella Charls

I hadn’t read Georgia Blain until her last novel, Between a Wolf and a Dog, published early last year. Immediately I regretted not having read her work sooner, as it was clear from the first page tha…

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The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

Reviewed by Annie Condon

Claire Messud is the accomplished author of acclaimed novels The Woman Upstairs and The Emperor’s Children. The Burning Girl, is a mesmerising history of the friendship between two teenage girls. Jul…

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Rain Birds by Harriet McKnight

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

Pina and Alan have lived in Boney Point, a town in rural East Gippsland, for decades. When Alan develops early-onset dementia, the fiercely independent Pina struggles to give up her life to care for …

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The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk

Reviewed by Gabrielle Williams

When a book starts with a quote from Nietzsche about Oedipus, you know you can expect fathers, sons, mothers and lovers to become entangled with devastating consequences. When th eauthor is a previou…

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he by John Connolly

Reviewed by Amanda Rayner

In his author’s note to he, a novel based on the life of Stan Laurel, John Connolly explains his desire to contemplate the underlying emotions behind this half of one of the greatest comedy duos of a…

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