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Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Markus Zusak’s previous book, The Book Thief, first published in 2005, has spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into over forty languages, has been made…

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Wanderer by Cat Power

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Six years after her electronica-influenced album Sun, Chan Marshall returns with a pared-back, self-produced album that she has dedicated to all those who wandered before her, a notion that weaves it…

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Love is Blind by William Boyd

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

I have to confess that William Boyd is one of my favourite authors; his Any Human Heart is probably his best but Love is Blind comes close. It’s an exotic and sad love story that kept me wanting more…

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Transcription by Kate Atkinson

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

Kate Atkinson has a gift for blending fiction with historical detail. Life After Life (2013) and its companion, A God in Ruins (2015), are brilliant evocations of England, set predominantly during Wo…

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At Dusk by Hwang Sok-yong

Reviewed by Annie Condon

At Dusk is a small but powerful novel from one of South Korea’s most esteemed novelists. Hwang Sok-yong, born in 1943, has witnessed enormous political and historical change in his homeland and was a…

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Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Reviewed by Tristen Kiri Brudy

Between 2005 and 2009, in a remote Mennonite colony in Bolivia, hundreds of girls and women would wake every morning feeling bruised, abused, and battered. This was attributed for many years to ghost…

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My Two Blankets (bilingual editions) by Irena Kobald & Freya Blackwood

Reviewed by Gabrielle Williams

My Two Blankets is a beautiful book that tells the story of the strangeness of a new world for a little girl who has moved to Australia with her auntie. The words people are speaking sound strange an…

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The Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

No one does Australian Gothic quite like Rosalie Ham. Her sun-soaked revenge fantasy, The Dressmaker, captured a particular side of rural Australia – one steeped in malice, jealousy, bitter rivalries…

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Girl in the Window by Penny Joelson

Reviewed by Pilgrim Hodgson

Kasia is mostly stuck in her room after a case of tonsillitis leaves her with the debilitating condition myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue). Too weak to attend school, she watches life passi…

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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Felicity Montague is determined to study medicine. Unfortunately, eighteenth-century society has other ideas about what a woman is supposed to do with her life (i.e. marry the kind baker and bear chi…

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