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Goldengrove: Francine Prose

Francine Prose is one of those writers who are well known and respected in the US, but little known here. A fantastically prolific and inventive novelist, she has recently attracted local attention f…

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One Morning Like A Bird: Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller’s latest book is set in Japan around 1940, when Japan was at war with China, but not yet an enemy of the Allied Forces in World War II. The story centres on Yuji Takano, a young Japanes…

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The Brass Verdict: Michael Connelly

LA lawyer Mickey Haller barely has time to take in the news that his former colleague, Jerry Vincent, has been murdered before he receives an unexpected bequest: Vincent has nominated him the benefic…

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The Pyramid: Henning Mankell

When Kurt Wallander first appeared in Faceless Killers back in 1990, he was a senior police officer, just turned forty, with his life in a mess. His wife had left him, his father barely acknowledged …

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The Given Day: Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane has written a few books that have been made into movies: Mystic River and, more recently, Gone Baby Gone. I was excited to see this new book – or perhaps I should I call it epic, becaus…

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The Land I Came Through Last: Robert Gray

Though one of Australia’s most awarded poets, Robert Gray remains relatively unknown outside the local literary community. Undeservedly so – his poetry superbly captures the spiritual bond between Au…

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Herding Kites: Michael Williams (Ed)

This eccentric, eclectic and electric anthology represents the last ten years of the National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF). Play scripts and poems jostle beside cartoons and zines playing truth-or-…

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The Lieutenant: Kate Grenville

As in her masterful previous novel, The Secret River, Kate Grenville uses the early history of European settlement of Australia as a means to provoke and confront us. The reader is forced to reflect …

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The Two Kinds Of Decay: Sarah Manguso

Sarah Manguso was a 21- year-old college student when a rare blood disease – Chronic idiopathic demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) – first affected her. The disease caused symptoms such as f…

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A Most Wanted Man: John Le Carré

Earlier this year John Le Carré’s son Nick published his debut novel to considerable acclaim (The Gone-Away World) - and I’ve got the theory that Dad wasn’t going to let himself be outdone in 2008! F…

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