Page 2 of our reviews

The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

This story is mythic in stature and full of wonder and enchantment. It is a tale about a family living remotely on a harsh land where winter has an icy hold and threatens to freeze all life to the bo…

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47 Degrees by Justin D’Ath

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Readers of Justin D’Ath’s Extreme Adventures series, particularly the second book, Bushfire Rescue, may be shocked when they realise that this new story of survival, loss and ruin is based on his own…

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Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare

Reviewed by Hilary Simmons

Novels with fragmented narratives are not for everyone – but with the rise of psychological thrillers such as Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, they’re becoming increasingly popular. Fragmented st…

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Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

The author of the bestselling young adult mystery One of Us is Lying has come through with a new thriller that will not leave her fans disappointed.

Twins Ellery and Ezra have been sent to live wit…

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

The journey from childhood to adulthood can be challenging; beyond the physical transformation of our bodies and the rollercoaster of our emotions awaits the struggle to understand who we really are,…

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Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Lighthouses have an iconic charm, but beyond the pristine whiteness fables of shipwrecks and smugglers swirl around them. And then, there is the reality of staffing and maintaining them which was a t…

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Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (DVD) by Lorna Tucker

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

‘I’m just totally bored talking about this. But you need it, so I’ll tell you.’ So starts Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, with a discernible friction between camera and subject that ultimately makes …

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Fusion by Kate Richards

Reviewed by Michael McLoughlin

Conjoined twins Sea and Serene live in an isolated shack in the Australian Alps with Wren, the young man who cares for them. Up among the snow gums they grow their own vegetables and ferment their ow…

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Louis and Louise by Julie Cohen

Reviewed by Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

Lou Alder is one person, but exists in two separate realities: one in which he is Louis, and one in which she is Louise. The prolific Julie Cohen’s latest book is a Sliding Doors-esque tale, explorin…

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An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

Reviewed by Clare Millar

Chigozie Obioma received international acclaim for his first novel The Fishermen, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2015, won several international prizes for emerging writers, and le…

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