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The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel must be the graphic novelist with the richest density of ideas-per-square- inch; no blurb could do justice to the wide-ranging subject matter of her new book, The Secret to Superhuman

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The 22 Murders of Madison May by Max Barry

I like to review Australian crime books, partly because it’s always good to boost local writing – it’s something that Readings has championed since the beginning – but also because it feels like auth…

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She is Haunted by Paige Clark

If you’ve felt stuck in a reading slump of late, stop what you’re doing and pick up a copy of She Is Haunted. The hype for this debut short-story collection from Chinese/American/Australian fiction w…

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The Others by Mark Brandi

‘Sometimes, you have to do the most terrible things. Sometimes, you just have to.’ With this single line the tone is firmly established for The Others, Mark Brandi’s highly anticipated new novel. Nar…

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Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

Jason Mott’s first novel, The Returned, was a bestseller back in 2013: top of the charts, TV adaptation, the whole nine yards. In writing this new book, his fourth, Mott has drawn on memories of that…

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Grandfather Emu and How the Kangaroo Got Its Pouch by Rhonda Collard-Spratt & Jacki Ferro

Aunty Rhonda Collard- Spratt and Jacki Ferro’s Grandfather Emu and How the Kangaroo Got Its Pouch is the first in a series called The Spirit of Dreaming. It’s about the Great Spirit who comes to Eart…

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When Days Tilt by Karen Ginnane

This fantasy novel is set in two cities; an alternate 1858 Victorian London and a shadow city called Donlen, ruled over by the Green Witch. Time is sometimes malleable in this world and the Green Wit…

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The Story of Australia by Don Watson

In The Story of Australia: For the Young (and the Curious), Don Watson has created a toolbox of critical thinking for young readers. Not just a catalogue of the highlights of the Australian story, it…

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Are You There, Buddha? by Pip Harry

The path from childhood to young adulthood is neither easy nor straightforward, even for those with supportive family and friends. But for tenacious, thoughtful Bee (who’s mindful of looming environm…

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Kafka and the Doll by Larissa Theule & Rebecca Green

What a charming story this is! Kafka and the Doll is based on a factual event in Franz Kafka’s life, when he and his love, Dora Diamant, encountered a crying girl in a Berlin Park. In this fictionali…

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