Page 4 of our reviews

From Here On, Monsters by Elizabeth Bryer

Reviewed by Gabrielle Williams

The craft of accurately translating another’s work, of getting inside the head of the creator and being as faithful to the original piece as possible, is where this book by debut author Elizabeth Bry…

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Lapse by Sarah Thornton

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Deep in the middle of both winter and the AFL season, there are few things more readable than ex-corporate lawyer Sarah Thornton’s Lapse. When Clementine Jones leaves her old, untenable life in Sydne…

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Inland by Téa Obreht

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Many readers will remember Téa Obreht’s impressive debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, which won the Orange Prize back in 2011. Inland is the author’s sophomore outing and Obreht once again displays a rem…

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Nobber by Oisín Fagan

Reviewed by Julia Jackson

The year is 1348, and it’s a deadly one. Quite literally. As with pretty much everywhere else, the Plague (or Black Death) has ravaged the Irish landscape, decimating the population. The survivors an…

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Lieder: Brahms, Schumann, Mahler by Renee Fleming

Reviewed by Alexandra Mathew

Schumann’s Frauenliebe und –leben was groundbreaking: it was the first song cycle composed to be sung by a woman and from her perspective. As the title indicates, the cycle follows the life and love …

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The Brilliant Ideas of Lily Green by Lisa Siberry

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Lily Green is a messy, unfussy kind of a girl, bursting with creative exuberance and a vibrant mind. Her mum’s beauty salon is the family’s sole source of income since Lily’s dad passed away some yea…

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Sincerely, Harriet by Sarah W Searle

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

This new middle-grade graphic novel from a Perth resident explores loneliness and illness. Harriet is having a tough time, she has moved to a new home in a new city, she’s been unwell and is being sn…

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Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street by Felicita Sala

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

What a delightful and unique cookbook for kids! In an apartment block, each of the neighbours is preparing a special dish for a communal dinner. We see a beautiful illustration of each cook, includin…

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Welcome to Your Period by Yumi Stynes, Melissa Kang and Jennifer Latham

Reviewed by Bec Kavanagh

Yumi Stynes is right when she says that ‘ Dolly Doctor’ was once the only place to which you could turn for honest advice on bodies and your periods. Thankfully, finally, we’re starting to see greate…

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Argh! There’s a Skeleton Inside You! by Idan Ben-Barak & Julian Frost

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Quog and Oort are two friends on their way to another friend’s birthday party when their spaceship breaks down. They try to get out and fix it, but they cannot because Oort is a gas cloud, and Quog i…

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