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Pop! by Mitch Johnson

When Mac-Tonic™, the most powerful company in the US, loses the top-secret recipe for its world-famous sugar-laden soft drink, a girl called Queenie finds it and quickly becomes the target of a count…

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Love Objects by Emily Maguire

Nic is smart, proud and quick-witted. She is 45-years old and sees her home as a sanctuary, yet to the outside world it becomes something else entirely. Nic could tell you the story about each ‘speci…

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This Is How by M.J. Hyland

This Is How is M.J. Hyland’s third and – though over a decade has passed since its publication in 2009 – most recent novel. It received high critical praise upon its release, including superlative re…

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Liszt: Works for Solo Piano by Benjamin Grosvenor

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has been a regular in these pages for many years now. Electrifying the classical music community in 2011 with his first foray into Liszt’s repertoire, we now now ha…

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The Shape of Sound by Fiona Murphy

‘The hearing world rarely welcomes deaf bodies,’ writes Fiona Murphy in her heartbreakingly honest memoir The Shape of Sound. Murphy kept secret that she is deaf in her left ear for 25 years. In her …

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Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

There’s been a flush of novels based around feminist retellings of ancient myths lately. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker and A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes depicted the fall of Troy as see…

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The Truth About Her by Jacqueline Maley

When I reached the end of this book and read the author bio on the back page, I was not in the least bit surprised to discover Jacqueline Maley is, just like the main character in her debut novel, an…

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Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura

Kokoro doesn’t want to go back to school. After enduring painful bullying at the hands of her classmates, her whole body seems to rebel at the idea of returning to Yukishina No. 5 Junior High. Barric…

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The Chase by Candice Fox

At a prison in Nevada, the annual friendly baseball game between the officers and the minimum-security inmates is due to take place. A bus load of family members is coming to cheer on the guards, as …

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With the Falling of the Dusk by Stan Grant

Stan Grant’s new book is not a long book. It will only take you an evening to read, but my advice is to take your time with it. In With the Falling of the Dusk, Grant has created his snapshot of the …

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