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The Next 100 Years: George Friedman

Friedman is a recognised expert in geopolitics and forecasting. This will, he predicts, be the American century. Whereas the twentieth century was a transition from European to American global power,…

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The Rainy Season: Myfanwy Jones

There’s a new generation of Australian fiction writers coming up; confident and assured: Cate Kennedy, Nam Le, Toni Jordan, Jacinta Halloran – and now, Myfanwy Jones.

Seemingly abandoned by her Vie…

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Dog Boy: Eva Hornung

Dog Boy’s violent, shocking and yet ultimately exhilarating ride has stirred emotions that I haven’t felt since reading Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Picking up a book that you know will take you on a …

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Things We Didn’t See Coming: Steven Amsterdam

Who would have seen coming - so soon after the super-nova that was Nam Le in the Australian literary firmament in 2008 - that already in early 09 we would be blessed with another debut of the most su…

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One Dragon’s Dream: Peter Pavey

When I saw this book was being reprinted I got terribly excited. One Dragon’s Dream is the first book I remember and I was obsessed with its intricate, beautiful illustrations. Basically a counting b…

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Paper Towns: John Green

When Margo Roth Spiegelman, the über-cool and very beautiful queen of school and town, chose Quentin, her next-door neighbour to accompany her in one night of wild misdemeanor and witty revenge, he w…

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Winter Song: Jean-Claude Mourlevat

Set in an unknown country, at an unspecified date, this fast-paced novel of escape and resistance feels both strange and oddly familiar. When four orphaned teenagers escape from an oppressive boardin…

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One: Kathryn Otoshi

One is a wonderfully clever and simple book that uses coloured dots to represent different personality types. Blue is a quiet and dreamy character, who is teased and bullied by the hothead Red. Yello…

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Theodork: Jessica Green

A major focus of educators at present is tackling the problem (and yes, it’s a big one) of bullying and harassment at school level. Jessica Green, intrepid schoolteacher by day, has chosen this theme…

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3 - The Last Straw: Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is right – Greg is wimpy! This book is the sequel to the No. 1 New York Times bestsellers and the way I figure it, Greg’s up to his old tricks again. He’s even had detention twic…

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