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Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi: Geoff Dyer

This is Geoff Dyer’s first novel in 11 years and for sheer entertainment value, it’s difficult to beat, particularly its first half, a skewering of the pretensions of the art world at the Venice Bien…

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The Selected Works of T.S.Spivet: Reif Larsen

Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet might only be 12 in human years but with his genius for map-making and observation, he could very well pass for 100. His intricate notebooks cover such pressing issues as how …

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The Bookshop on Jacaranda Street: Marlish Glorie

Fifty-something Helen Budd-Doyle has had enough. Her marriage is dead and she lives in a house crammed with ghosts. Her elder son Gabriel is in the army; the other, Vivian, has drifted aimlessly into…

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Book of Clouds: Chloe Ardijis

This debut novel is set in Berlin in the early 2000s. Tatiana is a young Mexican who, in her mid-20s, escapes a stifling family environment and seeks her freedom in Berlin’s abundant bar and music sc…

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The Little Stranger: Sarah Waters

This disquieting psychological thriller from the author of Fingersmith and The Night Watch revolves around a shabby genteel English family disintegrating in the post-war years. The local doctor, whos…

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Sweetheart Like You: Guy Davis

Davis’s sixth album for leading roots label Redhouse is an extremely enjoyable and varied collection of six originals and inspired covers from the likes of Leadbelly, Son House, Willie Dixon, Big Joe…

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Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Craig Silvey’s much-awaited second novel is very different from the elegiac Rhubarb – but it’s every bit as good, if not better. And, like Rhubarb’s play on the Beatles song Eleanor Rigby, with its b…

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Ways of Escape: Hugh Mackay

Academic Hugh Mackay has a distinguished career bringing sociology to the masses. His latest work, Ways of Escape, sees him turn his hand to fiction while still delivering his acute observations abou…

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The Children’s Book: A.S. Byatt

The Children’s Book, the latest novel by Booker Prize winner A.S. Byatt, is a masterful examination of a child’s initiation into adulthood: the insecurity, the predators, loss of innocence and the un…

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In the Kitchen: Monica Ali

In the Kitchen is a superb novel. Slowly but surely, in Monica’s capable vision the reader is taken into the lives of staff at a cosmopolitan hotel in London. She makes you look around at all the peo…

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