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Scott Matthew: Scott Matthew

Brisbane-born singer-songwriter Scott Matthew has a unique musical aesthetic (‘chamber folk-pop’ is the best description I can manage), an almost painfully confessional approach to writing, and a voi…

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Doors Open: Ian Rankin

Set in a very different Edinburgh to that inhabited by DI John Rebus, this new thriller will show a whole new side to Ian Rankin.

This novel centres on the glamorous uber-world of the Scottish capi…

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The Rip: Robert Drewe

In Robert Drewe’s latest collection of short stories, The Rip, lives are pulled off course. Whether just for a moment or indefinitely, these restless characters, living by seas as changeful and wonde…

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House of Exile: Evelyn Juers

Writer Heinrich Mann, brother of the more famous Thomas, was a leading literary figure in Weimar Germany and an outspoken opponent of fascism. He escaped Germany just before Hitler’s ascent to power …

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Tender Morsels: Margo Lanagan

Margo Lanagan is best known as a writer for young adults, but this is one Oz author who should not be pinned down. She delves into the realms of fairytale and folklore, sinking deep into the unconsci…

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Real Dirt: James Woodford

Acclaimed nature writer James Woodford tells the story of his real-life sea change in this warm, wry and refreshingly honest book. He writes about his family’s purchase of a 120 acre block on south-c…

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Oink: Eric Yoshiaki Dando

Squirly Fern (SF) grows up in a Tokyo fish cannery, his visions of the West gleaned from his mother’s favourite Elvis movies. As a teenager, he receives a letter and plane ticket from his estranged f…

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Without Warning: John Birmingham

The great Australian doyen of stoners and share-house dwellers once again demonstrates his literary versatility, in this unlikely marriage of speculative fiction and airport novel. On the eve of Amer…

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Taking Off: Matt Howard

Meet Ash Lynch, a twenty-something with a dysfunctional family background and a monotonous job as a magazine distribution and sales rep that does little else than pay the bills. A chance meeting with…

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The Believers: Zoë Heller

This is Zoë Heller’s third novel. Her previous book, Notes on a Scandal, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and I think this one’s even better. Set in Heller’s adoptive US, The Believers is a f…

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