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The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian: Sherman Alexie

Sometimes the most unpromising circumstances can yield amazing results. Take Junior, an American Indian living on a reservation, add a jaded, clapped-out teacher, who in a moment of clarity and repen…

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I Was Told There’d Be Cake: Sloane Crosley

Comparisons can be so tiresome. You know, ‘the female David Sedaris’. That sort of thing. Only, they’re kind of irresistible, too. And when Jonathan Lethem makes the Sedaris comparison, too, then at …

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The Racket: Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh is quite simply one of the best – and most intriguing – writers working in Australia today. He is amazingly prolific on a variety of subjects, but entirely consistent in delivering elega…

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: Haruki Murakami

This is, I must say, a rather odd little book. Odd, but intriguing – a combination that Murakami fans will recognise and appreciate. The framework of this revealing, odds-and-sods memoir is Haruki Mu…

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China Witness: Xinran

Xinran Xue was born into a wealthy family subsequently undone by the Cultural Revolution; she has since carved out a prolific career documenting the experiences of ordinary people in China. Twenty pe…

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Petty’s Parallel Worlds: Bruce Petty

Russ Radcliffe, longstanding editor of the annual Best Australian Political Cartoon series, takes cartooning very seriously indeed. In his role as non-fiction commissioning editor at Scribe Publicati…

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Ghost Train To The Eastern Star: Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux writes about travel with an approach that sets standards for the genre. The locations which attract him are attractive in ambivalent ways – politically troubled, socially dysfunctional, …

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The Great Feminist Denial: Monica Dux & Zora Simic

This book is about a journey that is shared by many women. The trip of a lifetime! The Great Feminist Denial takes us on a scenic view from past years where women embraced feminism, created their own…

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The Good Plain Cook: Bethan Roberts

It is 1936 and nineteen-year-old Kitty is searching for independence, so she answers an advertisement for a cook to work in ‘an artistic household’ in deepest Sussex. Her new employer is Ellen Steinb…

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The Angel Maker: Stefan Brijs

After a 20-year absence, Doctor Victor Hoppe returns to a small town in Belgium, much to the interest of its other inhabitants. Their curiosity is stoked by the doctor leaving behind an acclaimed aca…

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