Page 4 of our reviews

Sir John Tavener: The Protecting Veil by Matthew Barley and Sinfonietta Riga

Reviewed by Kate Rockstrom

When the first thing you see, as a performer, is the phrase ‘Transcendent With Awesome Majesty’, you know you’re going to be in for something epic. John Tavener wrote those words over the top of the …

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

This debut thriller is set on a remote island that has been infected by a virus known only as ‘the Tox’. It has been eighteen months since the Raxtor Boarding School for Girls was put under quarantin…

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Lizard’s Tale by Weng Wai Chan

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Lizard is a street-smart twelve-year-old who lives in tiny quarters above a tailor’s shop in Singapore’s Chinatown, and ekes out a bare living with legitimate odd jobs, and a few slightly shady ones …

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Emoni has a deep love of cooking. She’s extraordinarily talented in the kitchen and has dreamed of being a chef since she was a child. When a culinary arts course is offered at her school, she is, na…

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Mirka Mora: A Life Making Art by Sabine Cotte

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

I adore Mirka Mora’s virtuosity and this art book is devised for those that love her and her glorious art practice. Told with grace and obvious affection, Sabine Cotte’s book is a tribute to Mora’s c…

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Into the Wild (Wolf Girl, Book 1) by Anh Do

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Anh Do’s thrilling new action adventure series Wolf Girl takes off with a surge of adrenaline and will send readers’ fight or flight instincts into overdrive. This series offers a step-up in reading …

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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak

Reviewed by Julia Gorman

In the last few minutes of her life, Leila’s mind begins to recall some of the most important moments of her existence. Each moment is accompanied by the distinct memory of an exquisite food and the …

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This Brutal House by Niven Govinden

Reviewed by Gabrielle Williams

This Brutal House felt slightly dystopian before I realised I was immersed in the language of drag queens, vogue balls, runaways, and sex workers in New York City. It’s a novel peopled by characters …

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The Electric Hotel by Dominic Smith

Reviewed by Dianna Jarnet

Dominic Smith continues his fascinating exploration of the progression of life through art. This time around it is the beginnings of filmmaking. It is 1962 and we find our protagonist, Claude Ballard…

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Superior: The return of race science by Angela Saini

Reviewed by Chris Dite

Superior is science journalist Angela Saini’s exploration of the rise, slight fall and second coming of ‘race science’. It’s the perfect antidote to the whirlpool of pseudoscience currently engulfing…

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