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Having and Being Had by Eula Biss

Having and Being Had is the new book from American essayist Eula Biss and, as with her two previous very good works, this is the kind of enthralling read that opens up your thinking in new and exciti…

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A Polar Bear in Sydney Harbour by Beck & Robin Feiner

This new picture book from married duo Beck and Robin Feiner is a sparkling tale about a lost polar bear, a smart little girl, and a dash of fascinating true science. When Hannah spots a polar bear f…

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The Fire Star by A.L. Tait

When Maven and Reeve, two servant children, meet for the first time, they barely have time to start to dislike each other before the Fire Star – a precious gem – is stolen. The two then have only a f…

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Monogamy by Sue Miller

The devil is always in the detail. Graham and Annie have been married for nearly thirty years, seemingly with great devotion. Graham is a bookseller. (Do I know him? I thought several times throughou…

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The Lost Library by Jess McGeachin

From the local author and illustrator of the much-loved picture book Fly, Jess McGeachin, we now have The Lost Library. When Oliver discovers a fluttering book stuck behind his bedroom cupboard, he d…

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Ordinary Matter by Laura Elvery

Laura Elvery has merged art and science with a clever twist in her collection of short stories, Ordinary Matter. She has won multiple awards for her stories, and her previous collection, Trick of the

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The Heart of the Bubble by Trace Balla

Beloved graphic novelist for children, Trace Balla, has created a heartfelt comic about all the good things that can happen as a result of coronavirus. A family readjusts to being at home together al…

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Show Me Where It Hurts by Kylie Maslen

In Kylie Maslen’s generous debut collection of essays, Show Me Where It Hurts, she invites the reader into her experience of chronic pain. Hers, not anyone – or everyone – else’s: ‘I only hope that o…

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The Bushfire Book by Polly Marsden

The Bushfire Book: How to Be Aware and Prepare is written by Polly Marsden, the creator behind the concept of the upcoming ABC documentary series Big Weather and How to Survive It, which will be host…

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Fly on the Wall by Remy Lai

Henry Khoo has a plan to prove his independence. His mother, grandma and older sister are always on his case, but he’s embarking on a solo journey to visit his dad in Singapore. He has another secret…

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