Page 5 of our reviews

Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin by David Greco & Erin Helyard

Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713) was an influential composer, and the earliest famed solely for his instrumental works. His contemporaries were (and remain) known for their vocal compositions as much as…

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The Loudest Voice

I wasn’t sure I could review this mini series. Not because I didn’t like it, far from it. This is a brilliantly made series that keeps you engrossed from its first minute to its last. Russell Crowe a…

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The Ratline by Philippe Sands

The good news for 2020 is that Philippe Sands has finally written a follow-up to his enormously successful Baillie Gifford Prizewinning book, East West Street! Didn’t read that one? No problem. This …

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Kokomo by Victoria Hannan

The anguish of living with unfulfilled desire pulses through Victoria Hannan’s debut novel, Kokomo. Its characters, each in their own way, are trying to work out how to live when they cannot get what…

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Found by Bruce Pascoe & Charmaine Ledden-Lewis

Found starts with a frightened calf in the Australian outback; he can’t find his family. The calf is very quickly found by a man, who picks him up and pushes him into the back of a cattle truck full …

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Jillian by Halle Butler

Halle Butler’s Jillian is a whole-body cringe, can’t-look-away experience of vicarious mortification. The second novel by Butler to be published in Australia, following The New Me which delighted Rea…

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I Saw Pete and Pete Saw Me by Maggie Hutchings & Evie Barrow

From the creative flair of Maggie Hutchings, who brought us Unicorn! and Your Birthday Was the Best, alongside Evie Barrow’s hand-drawn sketches that celebrate beauty in imperfection, we have a touch…

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Marshmallow Pie: The Cat Superstar by Clara Vulliamy

Marshmallow Pie, full name Marshmallow Marmaduke Vanilla-Bean Sugar-Pie Fluffington- Fitz-Noodle, resides in an apartment building with Amelia and her Dad. Amelia is an independent and creative young…

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Across the Risen Sea by Bren MacDibble

Neoma and Jaguar are a team. They always do things together and dream of becoming the best fishing crew and salvagers on the whole of the inland sea. Self-subsisting and largely forgotten by a succes…

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Body Count by Paddy Manning

As I write this review, I’m conscious of that we’re about to clock twelve months since the onset of the fires in New South Wales that would get out of control and eventually devastate the landscape, …

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