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Pony by R.J. Palacio

Dear reader, I was compelled to devour this extraordinary adventure in one sitting and am desperate to read it again; such was its power over me. So, this is not so much a review as a love letter to …

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Wild Abandon by Emily Bitto

It is a tale as old as travel fiction itself: young, immature man-child is heartbroken and unwilling to examine his deeply troubling feelings or reflect on his contribution to the heartbreaking situa…

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The Shadow House by Anna Downes

When Alex drives up to her new house with her teenage son Ollie and new baby Cara in tow, she feels a surge of relief – and panic. She’s running away from Sydney, from what she’s left behind, and the…

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Hope by Daniel Hope and Zürcher Kammerorchester

There is something truly breathtaking in hearing a choir sing in our current moment; hearing all those voices coming together after so long apart almost brings tears to my eyes. In this latest album,…

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Wandi by Favel Parrett

This beautiful children’s novel by award-winning adult writer Favel Parrett is an animal rescue story told from the perspective of an alpine dingo. When the young dingo is swept away from its loving …

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Bodies of Light by Jennifer Down

After being named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist two years running, it should come as no surprise that Jennifer Down has delivered another gem. But Bodies of Light is streets …

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Echoes of Life by Alice Sara Ott

The past will always echo through the years, affecting the future in ways that are surprising and often far reaching. Would Chopin have guessed that in the year 2021 we would still be playing and rev…

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Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead’s new novel, Harlem Shuffle, centres on Ray Carney, a furniture store owner who is doing a bad job of flying straight. His father was an infamous crook, and despite Ray’s best effort…

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The Sky by Helene Druvet

With illustrations by Hélène Druvert and words by Juliette Einhorn, The Sky is a piece of art featuring cleverly designed laser-cut pages that lift us up through the atmosphere and carry us along the…

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Pax: Journey Home by Sara Pennypacker

If you’ve read Sara Pennypacker’s 2016 novel Pax, then chances are you count it among your favourite reads. Pax is the story about the powerful bond of kinship between a boy called Peter and the epon…

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